Check out the new Flaming Lips album The Terror in FULL EFFECT a week ahead of its release courtesy of NPR Music. The Terror seems destined to be a darker album than the normal torrent and tone of Flaming Lips albums, that as mystical and psychedelic outings have often looked towards the brighter side of things. It's obvious from the opening of the first song, "Be Free, A Way," that the tone is darker and more twisted. If you caught the Flaming Lips' performance on David Letterman last week, then you saw the new alien womb stage that they're using, also a change from the past stage that's lived with the band for so many years.
If you follow lead singer Wayne Coyne on Twitter and see some of the drawings he's offered up over the years, you can see that he's got a dark and off-kilter side to him, and that seems to "come to light" on The Terror. It's a great shift for the band (as great as the years have been) and will keep us guessing through the rest of the year.
NPR Music said similar things in its offering of The Terror, saying in part: "Looking over The Flaming Lips' career, those whims have already included some heady, bonkers trips down dark alleys and inaccessible side roads. As playful and crowd-pleasing as the group's live shows have become, its most experimental recordings — as with the rambling indulgences of its early years — are often fiercely uncompromising, even impenetrable. In effect, Coyne and company have come full-circle, because The Terror is, well, terrifying."
2013 will be a big year for the Lips: Psych Explorations of the Future Heart spoke recently on what's unfolding for the band: "a music video with Bon Iver; a photo exhibit of Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd with football coaching legend Barry Switzer and Thunder star Desmond Mason; 4 CD experimental set Zaireeka reissued on four vinyl for Record Store Day; Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots the cartoon featuring new music; Des McAnuff’s Yoshimi musical possibly opening on Broadway (or at least a touring production and/or cast recording release); side projects and albums for most members of the band; the avant garde film A Year on Wayne’s Phone; several projects celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary this year including an updated version of rockumentary The Fearless Freaks; the re-opening of their weirdo art gallery The Womb (featuring work by Damien Hirst and others); Flaming Lips coffee; and more!"
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Album: The Terror
Recording Label: Warner Bros
Media type: NPR Music Embed
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