Robert Smith has been a busy man in recent weeks, with rumours of a solo record in the works and two new Cure albums being hinted at. When he appeared on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show to promote the new single ‘How Not To Drown’, which he created with Scottish electronic band CHVRCHES from their new album Screen Violence, Smith tackled the questions head-on.
Regarding the forthcoming solo album, Smith made it clear that he ventured into the project on his own owing to the fact it is a ‘noise music’ album. For those unfamiliar with the genre, it is one that proves very difficult to define on paper, but essentially, it’s an avant-garde array of sonic soundscapes mashed together to create a mess of sound.
Naturally, it may well have been alienating for fans of The Cure to have such a sound unleashed upon them after years of waiting for a new album. As Smith said himself, “I’ve always wanted to do an hour’s worth of noise. The Cure, you wait ten years and then we bring out an album that’s just noise. So, it was just like, ‘No’ – that was me doing the rest of the band. That ‘no’ was a band no. So, I’ve been just having fun with that really.”
As for the pair of releases from The Cure, Smith updated that he would be able to announce a release date “in about six weeks’ time I’ll be able to say when everything’s coming out and what we’re doing next year and everything … We were doing two albums and one of them is very, very doom and gloom and the other one isn’t.”
He then added: “And they’re both very close to being done. I just have to decide who’s going to mix them. That’s really all I’ve got left to do.”
You can also check out the team up with CHVRCHES.