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Smashing Pumpkins Drop Third ‘In Ashes’ Animated Series Episode

Frontman Billy Corgan and Portland studio Deep Sky release the latest entry in their highly stylized five-part 2D music video project in support of upcoming 20-track double album, ‘CYR,’ coming November 27.

Following the release of two more tracks, “Anno Santana” and “Birch Grove” from their upcoming, long-awaited double album, CYR, The Smashing Pumpkins have released the third episode of In Ashes, their innovative, highly styled 2D animated music video series written and created by famed frontman Billy Corgan and produced by Deep Sky, an animation and live-action studio based in Portland, Oregon. The songs, produced by Corgan, feature additional founding members James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Watch the latest episode, I'm In Love With Your God, set to the soundtrack of "Anno Satana."

Click here to watch In Ashes Episode 1, "The Colour Of Love," and Episode 2, "Confessions of a Dopamine Addict.”

In discussing the project, Jared Hobbs, producer of In Ashes and executive director at Deep Sky, says, “It's been an honor to work with such a massively influential band and to collaborate directly with Billy. Translating his narrative vision into cinematic form has been a fun challenge for our team. There’s a lot of nuance. With this in mind, we created this dark futurist-goth art style, leveraging the traditional techniques of aquatint and ink washes, while using line-boil to feed the rough and energetic look. There is a living line quality to each character. It’s very raw. You feel the artist’s stroke on every frame. It’s nostalgic, yet intentionally present and rooted in the moment."

Describing his “fantastical and surreal sci-fi adventure,” Corgan shared, “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.”

While no Episode 4 or 5 release schedule has been published, we anticipate they’ll drop close to CYR’s November 27 release date.

Founded in 2006, Deep Sky specializes in producing narrative animation and complex visuals, providing a range of 2D, 3D, motion design and live-action production services.

Source: Deep Sky

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