The Cure frontman Robert Smith has been discussing the eagerly anticipated new album from the iconic post-punk outfit which has been in the works for some time.
Following the band’s meteoric headline performance at Glastonbury Festival last year, The Cure have been back in the studio creating the follow up to 2008 effort 4:13 Dream and will be a collection of songs which Smith previously described as “so dark” and “incredibly intense”.
However, much like most people working within the music industry, the completion and release of the album has been delayed amid the current health crisis. Now, however, as Smith sits down with Damon Albarn on BBC6 Music to discuss the new Gorillaz collaboration, the Cure singer has teased his band’s new material by describing the impending new song as “10 minutes of intense doom and gloom”.
“Our whole idea for this year was really finishing off the album we started last year, me finishing off the solo album and also, finishing digitising decades of stuff in order to make this film with Tim Pope about the history of the band,” Smith said. “So, it’s actually benefited me because there have been no other distractions, so I’ve actually got a lot of what I wanted to do, done,” he added.
The latest update comes after Smith, while speaking at the 2020 NME Awards, confirmed that new record is arriving in 2020: “The first one will definitely be out soon, we’re wrapping it up now and it’s going to be mixed. But until it’s completed, no one will believe me. I look forward to it coming out more than anyone else, trust me!” Smith said.
He added: “I’m too old to commit to idiot things like that, wait and see,” somewhat illusively.
Previously speaking about the album in more detail, Smith said: “The lyrics I’ve been writing for this album, for me personally, are more true. They’re more honest. That’s probably why the album itself is a little bit more doom and gloom.”
The frontman continued: “I feel I want to do something that expresses the darker side of what I’ve experienced over the last few years – but in a way that will engage people. Some of the albums like ‘Pornography’ and ‘Disintegration’ are kind of relentless. I levelled ‘Disintegration’ with some songs like ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Lovesong’, but I think this one is more like ‘Pornography’ because it hasn’t got any of those songs that lighten the mood at all.”