Digital Music — June 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Listen: The Cure’s Robert Smith sings on new Chvrches single ‘How Not to Drown’

The Cure’s Robert Smith has followed up his 2020 guest turn with Gorillaz with a new collaboration, this time duetting with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry on Chvrches’ new single “How Not to Drown” off the band’s just-announced new album Screen Violence.

The Scottish trio debuted the new song today after teasing Smith’s appearance earlier in the week.

You can listen to the full track below.

Smith promoted the track with an appearance on Apple Music 1 today, talking to host Zane Lowe about the status of The Cure’s new album(s) and his own alleged solo work.

According to Stereogum, in addition to discussing his new collaboration, Smith said he’s nearing completion on the long-promised set of Cure records that would follow up 2008’s 4.13 Dream.

“Probably in about six weeks time I’ll be able to say when everything’s coming out and what we’re doing next year and everything … We were doing two albums and one of them’s very, very doom and gloom and the other one isn’t. And they’re both very close to being done. I just have to decide who’s going to mix them. That’s really all I’ve got left to do.”

Smith also suggested he’s working on solo music, too, according to Stereogum.

“The reason I was doing something on my own was for exactly the same reason I was doing collaborations; I’ve always wanted to do an hour’s worth of noise, and I didn’t want it… The Cure, you wait 10 years and then we bring out an album that’s just noise. So it was just like, ‘No.’ That was me doing the rest of the band. That ‘no’ was a band no. So I’ve been just having fun with that really.”

(A quick reminder to never believe anything Robert Smith says about upcoming releases.)

Now, here’s that new Chvrches song:






  1. I remember an interview w him along time ago where he said if his music is sad it’s when he is at happiest and when his music is happy is when he is the saddest.. during the wish tour I felt so bad for him thinking he is so sad in life at that moment

  2. Anything Robert Smith does is pure magic and perfection. Always has been. Been listening to the cure since day 1

  3. 4:14 Scream, Wish remasters…I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4. In relation to the article from 2017 discussing Smith’s broken promises – a couple of them have come true since then. Live DVDs and Mix Up 2 have both come out since then. So just sayin… Give the man time.

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