What is and what isn't a Flaming Lips album? Well this new side project features Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd and veers towards the more spaced out, kraut loving side of their parent band. This is a special edition lilac coloured vinyl version which includes a copy of the CD. The press release boasts that it contains a cover of Yes’ ‘Heart Of The Sunrise’.
LP £17.99 BELLA456V
Lilac coloured vinyl LP + CD on Bella Union (Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd).
CD £5.99 BELLA456CD
CD on Bella Union (Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd).
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Hahaha I knew this would happen. As soon as The Flaming Lips do a side project I'm on board. I'm not much of a fan of the hairy panto-freaks these days but I've always admired their outlandish sense of humour and multi-faceted dynamics, not to mention their insane videos and mad stage antics. This vehicle must be their equivalent of The Cosmic Jokers; Ash Ra Temple's legendary drug faced loon party jam experiments.
It's more electronically imbued and genuinely out-there than any Flips stuff I've heard of late. It's also reasonably psychedelic, undeniably strange and commands your attention. There's only six movements here that range from the tumbling tribal dream-scape of 'I Could Only See Clouds' and its subsequent discordant Jack-White-in-a-blender compressed guitar rushes, the druggy rumbling murk of 'Futuristic Hallucination' onto the motorik pulse and greasy acid fried wibble of 'Living'. This track sounds very German indeed but not in the most obvious manner. It's quite a cool piece of music which will appeal to fans of early Neu, Gunter Schickert and maybe the likes of Gnod at their most cosmic.
I was bound to use the word cosmic here. For a relatively short outing it certainly packs some punch does this album and neither does 'Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk' come across as the lame facsimile of highly regarded Berlin school tropes that I suspected. It's a mad-faced journey and is presented in an unconsciously playful manner. By 'Transform' we are in proper early 'Lips psych-chops territory with crazed vocal pitching and delay, downtuned fuzz guitar stabs; freeform bass abuse and huge fuck-off furry drums. This is the best track they've produced in over two decades and could quite possibly soundtrack the most demented Giallo movie ever made.
Dig this big time, for they've just proved that they can still totally weird you out in blistering fashion. No animal suits required.
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