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New Music Friday: Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Bush

By: Maura O'Malley

March 10, 2017

We’ve got a new track and a few new albums for you today. Let us know what you think!

Chris Cornell “The Promise”

Today, Chris Cornell released “The Promise,” a song he wrote for the upcoming movie The Promise, which covers the Armenian Genocide. It’s a really beautiful song, albeit different from his work in Soundgarden. All its proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, an organization that provides humanitarian efforts to those affected by conflict and disaster.

Soundgarden Ultramega OK (Expanded Reissue)

In other Soundgarden news, the band has released an expanded reissue of Ultramega OK. The album, which was originally released back in 1988, wasn’t something the band immediately loved, so today’s release is more of a correction than a standard reissue. But that’s not to say the band will make a habit of correcting other albums, according to the band’s lead guitarist, Kim Thayil. Below, hear “Beyond The Wheel (Early Version)” off the expanded reissue.

Bush Black and White Rainbows

Today, Bush’s Black and White Rainbows officially dropped. In an interview with Billboard, lead singer and Rainbows producer Gavin Rossdale explained, “I wanted to write a record about what it's like coming out of a cannon before you take off through these watershed times.” He then goes on to say, “I think it really is important to have the element of hope and repair and sunshine because it's such a divided world now.” Listen to “Mad Love” off the album below.