On Monday (January 18), Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan unleashed "Widow Wake My Mind," the second track from his ongoing 44-song (and entirely free) opus Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. (You can download the track at the official Smashing Pumpkins Web site.) Last month when Corgan stopped by the MTV Newsroom to discuss the album's debut track "Song for a Son," the frontman told us that "Widow Wake My Mind" was in the running to be the first song, but he opted for "Song for a Son" because it had a more epic quality. "'Widow Wake My Mind' sounds like a more obvious single," Corgan said.
He's right, as while "Song for a Son" was a heavy, shifty epic, "Widow Wake My Mind" shines a little light on the more whimsical side of Corgan's songwriting. It's a bright, poppy, jumpy tune that features a playful groove and pretty anthemic chorus. There's even a tinkling piano interlude that lends it an ethereal quality. The tune was produced by Kerry Brown, who has been spending plenty of quality time in the studio with Corgan (and also with Jessica Simpson), and it sounds clean, crisp and radio-ready.
Back in December, Corgan stated that he would try to release around one song per month as Teargarden by Kaleidyscope progresses, and he expects the whole thing to take him about three years. It's a long haul, but he likes the fact that listeners can get into it as much as they want. "The average consumer can download it for free, as much or as little of it as they want," he explained. "At the end, the whole thing will be brought together in a special package that isn't for the average consumer. In a way, it's a work in progress, but at the same time people can share in it and participate in it in the normal ways." Considering the variations on the first two songs he's dropped, we're tremendously excited for whatever Corgan is delivering next.