Billy Corgan has been a driven man in 2014. He’s announced that he’s recording two new Smashing Pumpkins albums that will be released in 2015, there’s a reissue of Adore on the way this summer, he live-streamed an eight-hour improvisational ambient set based on Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, and he’s been putting the finishing touches on an experimental solo album titled AEGEA.
The first two pressings of AEGEA (250 copies each) are now available through MadameZuZus.com (home of Corgan’s venue in Chicago). AEGEA is a double LP that features recordings dating back to 2007. Each copy of the LP is hand numbered and signed by Corgan, with the first 50 in each set being pressed on colored vinyl.
The first pressing instantly sold out, but the site says that they’re working on another pressing of the $60 album.
CoS quotes Corgan as saying about the album, “As a work, AEGEA is experimental in nature, and comes across as more a soundtrack to some lost foreign film than the kind of music I’m usually associated with.” It may not sound like Smashing Pumpkins, but Corgan clearly thinks just as highly of himself while doing it.
Preview three minutes of a track from AEGEA below.