The long-awaited record was completed during the lockdown.
During an interview on BBC 6 Music to introduce his new collaboration with Gorillaz, The Cure‘s Robert Smith said that Damon Albarn first sent to him when he was “in the middle of finishing off the big song at the end of The Cure album”, described as “10 minutes of intense doom and gloom”. He continued to reveal that he has spent much of 2020 “finishing off” The Cure’s new album and a solo record as well.
The Cure’s frontman has been teasing new music for a while now, but the time in lockdown allowed him to finish some projects without distraction. “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 digitizing decades of stuff in order to make this film with Tim Pope about the history of the band. 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.”
Although lockdown proved fruitful for Smith, he said: “I feel really sorry for the people who had plans this year, it’s been a disaster. From my own perspective, it’s great that we got so much done last year. This year has just been – just not a year – it’s just been completely weird.”
In a 2019 interview to NME, Smith said they were looking to finish one “merciless” new album, with the working title of ‘Live From The Moon’, and that it had been inspired by family tragedy and “darkness” and would sound “downbeat and heavy”.
In the meantime, we can listen to Smiths' collaboration with Gorillaz project Song machine.
Photo by momento mori from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Cure Live in Singapore - 1st August 2007, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2523093