In addition to selling off his old gear, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been hinting at a Rick Rubin-produced solo LP since last summer. Now, details for the upcoming release have been revealed.
Issued under the rather proper-sounding moniker William Patrick Corgan, the eight-song offering is titled Ogilala. It's due out October 13 and is available for pre-order here.
The album was produced by Rubin and recorded at his Shangri La studios in Malibu, promising to present "Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.
In a statement, Corgan had this to say about the album:
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 or era. 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.
The album artwork for Ogilala is pictured above, and you can peruse the full tracklisting down below. "Aeronaut" has been released as the lead single, and you can stream it at the bottom of the page.
In addition to announcing the new record, Corgan has also mapped out a series of upcoming North American solo shows. The trek kicks off in Brooklyn on October 14 and will make its way to Toronto for a solo Canadian date on October 20. See the full list of gigs below.
4. Half-Life Of An Autodidact
5. The Long Goodbye
7. The Spaniards
10/14 Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
10/15 Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
10/18 Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House
10/20 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/24 Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theatre
10/25 Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theatre
10/27 Nashville, TN - CMA Theater
10/29 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
11/01 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
11/02 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
11/09 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/10 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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