Corgan, Fiorentino, Byrne announce end of ‘Oceania’ sessions 10:01 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011Posted by susan in billy corgan, bjorn thorsrud, mike byrne, news, nicole fiorentino, oceania.
The Smashing Pumpkins say they have finished recording their new album Oceania.
Early this morning, frontman Billy Corgan said to his Twitter followers “Oceania is done… I am so proud of this record, and this band.” Bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne also remarked upon the occasion, both saying they “can’t wait” for the music to be publicly available; according to a tweet made by Corgan last Friday, that is still expected to happen in November.
The band posted to its Facebook account a snapshot of Corgan in front of a whiteboard that he had used to track progress on the album. Thirteen tracks are fully checked off, including: “Pale Horse,” “Panopticon,” “Chimera,” “Four Winds Chime,” “Glissandra,” “Inkless,” “My Love Is Winter,” “The Celestials,” “Quasar/Stella Polaris,” “Pinwheels,” “Oceania,” “Violet Rays,” and “Wildflower.” This set of song titles essentially matches the tentative list of 12 songs given by Corgan on June 1, with two significant exceptions: “Wildflower” has been added, while “Special K” has been retitled as “The Celestials.”
Only guitar solos and backing vocals remained to be recorded when mixing for the album began on September 1. Two days later, the first track of thirteen had been mixed. On September 5, Corgan tweeted that three mixes were complete and that he was recording solos with his “Bat Strat.” On September 7, Fiorentino guessed that five more songs needed backing vocals and that three songs lacked guitar overdubs. By September 8 five songs had been mixed; meanwhile Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder had only three songs left to record on, one being the title track “Oceania” that required “epic twin shooting star solos.” That same day, Corgan estimated that he had around two weeks’ worth of work remaining for the album. Corgan finished his guitar tracking on September 11; at that point, eight songs were mixed, and some background vocals remained to be recorded. The next day brought the total number of songs mixed to nine. On September 15, Fiorentino indicated that everyone was getting a bit stir crazy. By September 16, eleven songs were mixed. September 17 saw Fiorentino tackling her final task for Oceania, background vocals on “Four Winds Chime,” with the mixer hot on her heels.
Billy Corgan wrote a blog post about the album on September 14, in which he stated that Oceania would be finished in less than a week. He described the album as a “team effort” by members of the band with “participation and advice from Kerry Brown, Kevin Dippold, Bjorn Thorsrud and many other people here that keep the old machines up and running.” Corgan also reflected back to Oceania‘s beginnings, acknowledging that while the bulk of Oceania was written in Sedona, Arizona during early 2011, a few “song ideas” do date from the first sessions for Teargarden by Kaleidyscope with Mark Tulin and others in 2009. Corgan noted in a tweet that he started recording in April; although we knew the full band started work in Chicago on May 10, a recent report by Mix magazine says Oceania was in pre-production for a month at Kerry Brown’s California studios. While there, Corgan hashed out demos on guitar and “soft synth,” whittling down a list of 30 songs for the album. Byrne and Fiorentino joined him there for the last week of work.