If there’s one phrase you wouldn’t use to describe the Smashing Pumpkins, it’s ‘prone to compromising’. Ever since their inception in 1988, Billy Corgan’s merry band of Illinois misfits have been a constant, shape-shifting and artistically progressive source of surprise. They’re perhaps most notable for their opulent double-album releases – and, yep, while we’re aware the term ‘double-album’ can provoke horrible images of rock star overindulgence, their long-playing masterpieces like ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ (1995) remain incredible musical experiences:
Having said that, if you thought their previous projects were hugely ambitious in scope … well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Ladies and gentleman, allow us to present the latest effort from the ‘Pumpkins’. ‘Oceania’ is a self-described ‘album within an album’ – technically the ninth release from the band, but one which is directly incorporated into their eight release, which is an ongoing experimental concept piece called ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’, which itself began production in 2009. Got that? Phew.
Convoluted exposition aside, though – what Smashing Pumpkins fans really want is the music. And that’s where the wonder of the internet comes in handy yet again. Thanks to the lovely people at this little music service called iTunes, you can hear ‘Oceania’ in full, streaming a whole week before the official release. Take a listen right here.
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