William Patrick Corgan

'Ogilala' (album stream)

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Oct 13, 2017

Billy William Patrick Corgan had been hinting at the release of a new solo record since last summer, and the Rick Rubin-produced Ogilala has now arrived.

The 11-track effort was recorded by Rubin at his Shangri La studios in Malibu. The record is said to feature "Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings," in addition to a David Bowie tribute and appearance from his former Pumpkins bandmate James Iha.

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. 

Ogilala marks Corgan's first solo LP since 2005's TheFutureEmbrace. He'll also take the record on a North American tour, which you can find details on here.

Stream Ogilala in its entirety below. The album is out now via BMG.

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