The Cure are gearing up to release their first album in over a decade after lead singer Robert Smith revealed quarantine allowed him to finally complete it.
Quarantine has been a productive time for many musicians. From Charli XCX to Paul Kelly, artists have been releasing projects created entirely from the confines of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cure appear to be the latest band to have made the most of the global lockdown, as lead singer Robert Smith has revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq that lockdown gave him the freedom from distractions to finish the long-awaited follow up to the band’s 2008 record, 4:13 Dream.
Smith also revealed that the final song on the album will be “10 minutes of intense doom and gloom” and that he has a solo album in the works, telling Lamazq “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.”
Fans have a right to be sceptical of this news as Smith has been teasing this album since 2018, stating earlier this year that the album was coming soon.
The Cure have been promising a new Album for years and teasing us for three solid years without a release. Robert was sure it would be released in Oct 2019. Now it’s almost Oct 2020 and no album.
— JR (@OneBetterDay) September 7, 2020
In the meantime, Smith has collaborated with Gorillaz on their new single Stranger Timez, the latest instalment in the band’s Song Machine series. Accompanying the single release was the full tracklist for Song Machine: Series One, revealing upcoming Gorillaz collaborations with Elton John, St. Vincent, JPEGMafia, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Song Machine: Series One – Stranger Timez will be released October 23rd. There has been no date set for the new The Cure album.