The Smashing Pumpkins Further Preview 'Cyr' With New Tracks "Ramona" and "Wyttch"

The release of the new Smashing Pumpkins album is drawing closer, as Cyr is due out via Sumerian Records on Black Friday, November 27th. Thus far, we’ve gotten a glimpse of what is set to be a twenty-track double album in the form of six unique tracks: first was the title track and “The Colour of Love,” then the “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath,” and after that came “Anno Satana” and “Birch Grove.” From synthpop-inspired grooves to alt-rock anthems, these six tracks run a gamut of sounds that make pinning down a mood board for Cyr damn near impossible.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the alt-rock icons have given us two new singles to chew on, “Ramona” and “Wyttch.” The former is a power ballad, with an active synth presence and a rock backbone, complete with a picturesque music video directed by Linda Strawberry. It has a sway about it that makes it accessible, with enough uncanny features and Corgan’s legendary tenor to make it firmly SP. In contrast, “Wyttch” feels like classic, rock-forward SP, with layers of guitars and a metallic bite to the whole affair, and we’ll set aside the egregious mispronunciation of Samhain aside for now. The music video for the track, directed by Charlotte Kemp Muhl, is a series of psychedelic visuals tied together in a very loose narrative arc, though one image that will stick with me longer than it has any right to is bearded WPC.

Pre-order Cyr here, and check out the music videos for the new tracks “Ramona” and “Wyttch” below.