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Great news for any lingering Smashing Pumpkins fans out there as the band has just announced that their brand new studio effort, Oceania, will be streaming free this week via iTunes.
The new album will be released next Tuesday but according to Pumpkins label EMI and frontman Billy Corgan, they wanted to give the fans the ability to be able to listen to the entire record as a cohesive whole and “in no way intended to slight radio stations, video channels, press or online outlets.”
"I was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single,” said Corgan via the statement. “The only way to make the case that every song on Oceania is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole."
The record was recorded at Corgan’s home studio with current Smashing Pumpkins bandmates jeff Schroeder on guitar, Mike Byrne on drums and Nicole Fiorentino on bass and backing vocals. The album features 13 songs and was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud, mixed by David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, King Crimson, etc)
"I've been adamant in stressing that as a group, first and foremost, we are here to make new music together," said Corgan. "I'm proud to say that on Oceania I feel we've cut our own path forward. Jeff, Mike, and Nicole have all made significant contributions to the tone and texture of Oceania, which is an album that is unlike any I've ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I've always pushed for with The Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless."
You can listen to the entire album on iTunes right here.
And here's the OCEANIA track listing:
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart