Billy Corgan Announces New Solo Album ‘Ogilala’ + Releases Single ‘Aeronaut’
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, now going by "William Patrick Corgan," has announced his new solo album, Ogilala. The album is produced by legendary Rick Rubin, and is set to come out this Oct. 13. He's also released the first new single for the record, "Aeronaut," which can be heard in the player provided above.
The new single is at its start pretty bare bones, featuring just Corgan and a piano, but the music soon expands to a larger array of instruments and melody, injecting the music with a beautiful string section that elevates the song even higher. Corgan's voice also allows for a different kind of inflection than one would usually hear on Pumpkins material.
Of the album, Corgan said in a statement,
“For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I’d pen for whatever band was something I couldn’t explain. And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time orera. The lone difference on songs for Ogilala is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment.
Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like. Normally I would have done more, and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction.”
It's exciting to see more of what the album will hold. For those who haven't been totally on board with recent Pumpkins albums, Rubin's specialty seems to be injecting new life into artists in the latter days of their career, working with Johnny Cash on some of his best work with the American series.
Hear "Aeronaut" above, and check out the album artwork and track listing below.
William Patrick Corgan, Ogilala
William Patrick Corgan, Ogilala Tracklist:
04. Half-Life of an Autodidact
05. The Long Goodbye
07. The Spaniards
Billy Corgan Tour Dates
Oct. 14 - Brooklyn, N.Y @ Murmrr Theatre
Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, N.Y @ Murmrr Theatre
Oct. 18 - Wilmington, Del. @ Grand Opera House
Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Oct. 24 - Chicago, Ill. @ Athenaeum Theatre
Oct. 25 - Chicago, Ill. @ Athenaeum Theatre
Oct. 27 - Nashville, Tenn. @ CMA Theater
Oct. 29 - Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
Nov. 01 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Herbst Theatre
Nov. 02 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Herbst Theatre
Nov. 09 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov. 10 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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