The CURE – ” Songs Of the Lost World “

Posted: March 3, 2022 in MUSIC

Taking one leap closer to the new Cure album being a physical reality, Robert Smith finally unveiled the title of the long-awaited, “doom and gloom” LP in a video interview filmed at the BandLab NME Awards, where he performed with CHVRCHES. (Smith recently collaborated with the band with the song “How Not To Drown“.)

“I know what it’s called – it’s called “Songs Of the Lost World” Smith revealed. “It’s got artwork, it’s got a running order, it’s almost done! They’re so slow because of vinyl, but it might come out as early as September, probably. I’d rather it just came out. I can’t stand the anticipation.”

Smith said one of the two Cure albums is finished…the second one. He’s still got about a month to wrap up vocals for four of the ten tracks on the first. Previously, Smith’s labourious song writing perfectionism was cited as being the biggest obstacle to release, but he’s nearly there. According to the group’s guitarist, Reeves Gabrels, there are multiple albums worth of material on deck, much of which has been conceived throughout the pandemic.

It has been over thirteen years for The Cure to follow up on their last album, “4:13 Dream”. in 2008. Since then, The Cure have released several live albums, compilations, and concert films, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith’s decision to finally release a follow-up to “4:13 Dream”, was “primarily because of the Meltdown thing,” referring to 2019’s Meltdown Festival in London. For the event, Smith had personally enlisted 60 artists across his 10-night “Curation.”

“Seeing all these new bands—I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new,” Smith said to Sirus XM Radio hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light during an interview.

“We were over-productive,” Gabrels, who’s previously played with David Bowie and joined the Cure in 2012. “Which is great, except it means you really can’t judge the songs until you get them close to finished. You kind of have to bring all that material up to the point where you can hear what they are.”

Though no official date has been set for the new music’s release, Gabrels says the band is now “finishing up” the albums, which were started in 2019. The guitarist has been recording his parts remotely in upstate New York while the rest of the band records in England.

In 2021, frontman Robert Smith noted that the new material is “very emotional” and that completing the lyrics has been a challenge. “I’ve struggled more with finishing the words to these new Cure recordings than at any other point,” Smith said. “We recorded 20-odd songs, and I wrote nothing. I mean, I wrote a lot, but at the end, I looked at it and thought, ‘This is rubbish.’”

However, forced lockdown during the global pandemic allowed Smith to sit with the material and work through obstacles in penning new lyrics, promising the return of the kind of “doom and gloom”, as found in such albums as “Seventeen Seconds“, “Faith”, and “Pornography“.

The Cure have spoken about progress on their long-awaited new album ‘Songs Of A Lost World’, as well as what to expect from their upcoming tour. Having long teased the band’s long-awaited “merciless” new record – after first stating that two new albums were on the way back at the last NME Awards back in 2020 – frontman ROBERT SMITH revealed earlier this year that one of them would be “real very soon” & would be called ‘Songs Of A Lost World’.

Then (Thurs. May 19), after he & bandmate & songwriting partner Simon Gallup picked up the Icon Award at the Ivor Novellos, Robert again gave reassurance that the album was on the way and would be out before their upcoming winter tour: “We will be releasing a new album. I get fed up of saying this now! We will be playing from October & the new album will be out before then. We walked on [stage at the Ivors today] to a bit of new music, actually…”

The Cure are scheduled to resume touring in Europe later this year.

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