The Smashing Pumpkins have a new album coming out in November, and to coincide with the release, the band has produced five-part animated series called In Ashes. The show depicts a sci-fi dystopian future that will be scored alongside the forthcoming album, Cyr.
The series creator and frontman for the group, Bill Corgan, describes In Ashes as such: “The original story is something I’ve written and although it’s (mostly) lighthearted, ‘IN ASHES’ does address many things we face each day. That is if we live in dystopia, or paradise, or both. The choice, some say, is yours; and could even be a quantum issue.”
Corgan has also described the album Cyr as “a dystopic folly … One soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped-up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”
The first two episodes, available above and below, showcase a word suffering a widespread blackout due to the elimination of technology. As such, a group of young adults head into the woods where something nefarious is waiting for them.
The first episode, “As the Crow Flies,” serves as the official video for the track “The Colour of Love” from the album. The following episode “Inspirations, Aspirations” also features an official video for “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict.”
Check out the videos and look for Cyr to drop November 27.
In other entertainment news, a sequel to 2019’s The Lion King is in the works.