On Friday, The Smashing Pumpkins released their new album, Cyr, which marks the second studio project from the mostly-reunited lineup. The core group of Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin previously came together in 2018 for Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol. 1: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
This album’s release marks the latest checkmark for The Smashing Pumpkins, who have ramped up production on a bevy of new projects. Last month, the band revealed plans for a sequel to 2000’s Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, as well as an elaborate 25th anniversary tour whenever such a feat is possible. Corgan has also stated that Cyr is merely part two of a three-album cycle that began with Shiny And Oh So Bright and will come to a conclusion with a future record.
Back in August, The Smashing Pumpkins began releasing singles from the 20-track album on a regular basis. In all, the 90s pop-grunge powerhouse put out eight singles ahead of the official release of Cyr. The band also launched a five-episode animated series called In Ashes which pairs the singles with a linear storyline of a dystopian society. The fourth installment, “Owl Wait“, premiered on Tuesday and the fifth has yet to be revealed.
Taken together, all of the singles and In Ashes episodes delivered fragments of the Cyr picture. In these pieces of the portrait, The Smashing Pumpkins are shown to be looking ahead based on the futuristic, techno-pop influences found on many of the singles. However, on songs like “Wyttch”, the band is still able to tap into the heavier influences that fans identify them with from the 1990s. With the full release of Cyr, audiences can now hear how all of these influences fit together to carve the path forward for the group.
Stream the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Cyr, below.
The Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr