Billy Corgan Calls Oceania ‘The Best Smashing Pumpkins Album In Over 15 Years’

Billy Corgan is keeping the Smashing Pumpkins‘ forthcoming album, Oceania under lock and key until its official release June 19th.

Corgan stopped in this morning to talk with WXRT’s Terri Hemmert and explain his strategy for releasing his latest album. “I trust my fans,” starts Corgan. “We’re going to put the music in their hands and they’re going to march out into the streets and they’re going to say that this is a worthy album or not.”

Pumpkins’ manager PeterKatsis, “The Smashing Pumpkins created Oceania as an album experience.”

Corgan grapples with society’s short attention span. “The pace of modern life has increased, but getting anyone to sit down and listen to an album, in our case 60 minutes and six seconds, is really a challenge,” Corgan says. “And even giving them a reason why. Why should I listen to this? Is there a story? Is there a concept? Did somebody die? It’s just not enough to have the music any more. We live in a world that demands a level of sensationalism but sometimes the best music isn’t about that. Sometimes the best music requires a few listens.”

Corgan describes the new disc as an “album within an album” and mentions that he “was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other.”

The Pumpkins worked in an empty movie theater in Sedona during the early winter of 2011 while drafting primary versions of the songs. With a run time of 60 minutes and six seconds, Corgan has dubbed Oceania the “best [Smashing Pumpkins] album in over 15 years and their strongest offering since 1995’s Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness.”

Oceania track listing

  1. “Quasar”
  2. “Panopticon”
  3. “The Celestials”
  4. “Violet Rays”
  5. “My Love Is Winter”
  6. “One Diamond, One Heart”
  7. “Pinwheels”
  8. “Oceania”
  9. “Pale Horse”
  10. “The Chimera”
  11. “Glissandra”
  12. “Inkless”
  13. “Wildflower”

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-Zack Nechvatal, WXRT Chicago


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