The Flaming Lips upcoming double-LP, Embryonic, due in September, has been billed as their “return to weird”, but I don’t buy it. When exactly was it again that they stopped being weird? Was it when they were writing songs about anime-girls fighting girly-colored robots? Or when they were writing songs subtitled “A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading With A Suicide Bomber”? When they were landing spaceships on our stages? They never stopped being weird; we just got used to it.
That said, the unpredictability of their distinctive psychedelic-bubblegum sound did start to become predictable in a certain hard-to-place way. So just in time here’s an intriguing, hard-to-find and weird-in-a-new-way track from their upcoming “freakout.”
Disclaimer: These songs are up for listening purposes only for a short time. If you’re an artist or label who wants the song taken down, please write me.