Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden By Kaleidyscope: Songs 1-2

With the state of the music industry, artists are constantly trying to find new ways to distribute music.  CD sales are down and digital downloads are up.  Bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead have done the unthinkable.  Radiohead had a "pay what you want" type promotion for their album "In Rainbows", while Nine Inch Nails released "The Slip" absolutely free.  The Alt-Rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins, hope to evolve this technique to a new level with the release of "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope".

The Smashing Pumpkins will release their eighth studio album, which consists of 44 songs, one song at a time, all for free.  By releasing one song per month, over the next 44 months, the entire album will be completed.  The first two songs have already been released.  The first is, "A Song For A Son", and the second is, "Widow Wake My Mind".  Each one gives hope for an amazing album.

The first single, "A Song For A Son", was released in December of 2009.  The song has a very memorable riff that carries along with the melody of the song.  It actually has a slight "Classic Rock" sound to it.  The song starts very mellow, and busts into a guitar solo half way through.

The second song "Widow Wake My Mind", which was released this month, is extremely different from the previous single.  It starts with the hook of the song, a simple "Oh, oh, oh."  Simple, yet effective.  The song sounds very bright and happy.  I love the chord progression of the song.  I think I actually prefer this song over the first single.

After all of the songs are released digitally, the entire collection will be released physically, for those mega-fans out there.  I have a feeling this method will succeed.  You can download the first two songs on  The Smashing Pumpkin's website here.

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