New Smashing Pumpkins – “Widow Wake My Mind”

Billy’s engaging in some intriguing brand expansion lately — launching a label (roster includes, awesomely, the Germs and Electric Prunes) and getting “lost in laughter” in the studio with Jessica Simpson, for example — but the principle Pumpkin still has enough bandwith to offer incremental updates to his biggest undertaking, the 44-track song-at-a-time free-download collection Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. “Widow Wake My Mind” is less epic in its ambition than the lead cut “A Song For A Son,” and less dirge-like. It’s his softer side at play here, singing about “a love that shines.” Sounds like he’s been getting lost in laughter lately:

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Widow Wake My Mind” (MP3)
(via MySpace)

That photo comes from the band’s MySpace, captioned with the project’s Teargarden title, if you’re looking for visual clues for what’s in store. “Widow” will be featured on the first of 11 EPs Billy’s releasing for those wanting collector’s items, “more like mini-box sets rather than your normal CD single.”

The first one’s tracklist:
1 “A Song for a Son”
2 “Astral Planes”
3 “A Stitch in Time”
4 “Widow Wake My Mind”