Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, the ambitious new Smashing Pumpkins album, has had the first of its 44 songs released. As of December 8, 2009, "A Song for a Son" can be downloaded for free from the band's website. I've been trying to figure out the best way of covering this album here; for example, do I post an album spotlight of the entire thing, 44 individual song spotlights, or something in between? Since a lot depends on how the band itself decides to release the album, I'll just post about this song for now and figure out the rest of the details when I know more. Given the amount of people who come to this blog looking for free Smashing Pumpkins music (my post about Machina II is the most popular single post on this site by a very wide margin), I think that's the best thing to do.
I really like "A Song for a Son". Billy Corgan has stated that it has "the right epic quality to it that says, ‘OK, here we go on this massive journey!’" I have to agree. The song starts quietly, with piano, acoustic guitar, and what sounds like a Mellotron providing the backdrop for Corgan's vocals. Later on, it moves into more progressive territory with layers of harmonized guitars. If this is even a taste of what is to come, then the rest of the album is definitely something to look forward to.
You can download the song from the band's website. They're using a widget that I will try to embed at the end of this post. If you don't see anything there, then I guess it didn't work. If you do see something there, please let me know what you think of it, as I generally like to keep my posts pretty plain, but if people find it useful (i.e. it makes it easier to download the music), perhaps I'll try things like that more often in the future. Happy listening!