Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) – The Smashing Pumpkins (2018)
Few bands mean more to me than The Smashing Pumpkins. As a songwriter, the creativity of Billy Corgan is second to none, and as a drummer, the way Jimmy Chamberlin plays is memorising. Their 2018 single release ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’ which followed their single ‘Solara’ in the build-up to the release of their 2018 LP ‘No Past. No Future. No Sun.’ Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) captures the essence of youth and freedom similarly to the way ‘1979’ did 23 years ago on Melancholy and The Infinite Sadness. The simplistic drums and catchy bassline which lead the track create an incredible foundation which allows the guitars of Billy Corgan and James Iha to screech and whine in a way which creates a poetic combination of retrospect and loss in the most beautiful way possible. The tracks vocals stand out here as Billy Corgan delivers his signature combination of a soft melancholic tone which is equal parts poetic and celebratory of it’s sadness.
It may be controversial to say as every Pumpkins fan will always miss D’arcy playing bass in the Pumpkins, but the current Pumpkins line-up seem to have an intense chemistry which I feel lacked on some recent tracks and has been missing for a while now. The way the guitars of James Iha and Billy Corgan combined with the subtle piano parts in the song add a cinematic element to the track which is almost unimaginably beautiful. Producer Rick Ruben has truly created an almost flawless piece of production, with the added strings and piano adding to the solid foundation which is the rebirth of The Smashing Pumpkins.