Smashing Pumpkins have released their new double album, Cyr.
Though the iteration of the Pumpkins on this record is close to their original line-up (with the exception of bassist D’arcy Wretzky), the band have not returned to their explosive formative sound. Instead, over 20 tracks Cyr bridges the gap between the band’s complex sonic explorations as heard on Adore and primary songwriter Billy Corgan’s more modern electronic pop-rock songwriting. The resulting LP is a synth-heavy collection of songs that at times leans more towards pop than alternative rock.
“I got sick of making music that people kept telling me didn’t sound contemporary,” Corgan told NME. “So I took that on and I was like, ‘OK I’m gonna make a contemporary music record; I don’t care what it takes.’”
In line with that sentiment, returning drummer Jimmy Chamberlin lays down dancey beats in place of frantic syncopated rhythms. All synth and bass recordings were done by Corgan in addition to producing duties, leaving James Iha and Jeff Schroeder to contribute guitar tracks.
Cyr is just the start of a busy release schedule for the Smashing Pumpkins. Next year, the group plan to release a 33-track rock opera album that will serve as a sequel to both their 1995 classic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina.
Corgan confirmed the news on YouTube and added that the band will hit the road to tour in celebration of Mellon Collie’s 25th anniversary. The performances will delve into the concept story behind the album and the deep cuts from Smashing Pumpkins’ ’90s recording sessions.
Listen to Cyr below: