Listen to Billy Corgan’s New Song, ‘The Spaniards’
With two weeks to go before the release of his new album, Billy Corgan has given us another taste of music from Ogilala. You can see the video for "The Spaniards" above.
It's the second track to be previewed from Ogilala, with "Aeronaut" arriving along with the news of the record. The video includes footage from Pillbox, a silent movie that Corgan wrote and directed, and will screen in London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York from Oct. 5-12.
Corgan co-produced Ogilala with Rick Rubin, who was the subject of praise from the Smashing Pumpkins frontman for helping to get the best performances out of him. “Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like,” Corgan said. “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.”
Although Corgan played all the instruments except for the string parts, one track, "The Processional," features a contribution from an old friend: Former Pumpkin James Iha. The guitarist hasn't played on a Corgan album since 2000's Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, although he did sit in with his old band last year during a Pumpkins tour stop in Los Angeles. Corgan's resumed friendship with Iha and founding bassist D'Arcy Wretzky has fueled speculation that there will be a reunion of the original lineup at some point.
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