Ah, yes, the Flaming Lips, a venerable institution of acid-fried weirdness. I am more than pleased with their mind-bending efforts this year. Songs in Gummy Fetuses’, working with Neon Indian (even if I didn’t exactly enjoy that recording), they’ve been doing unusual stuff even by their standards. You know, having naked bike rides and performing in a literal bubble can only take you so far.
To those who think they haven’t been strange enough, I present to you their latest creation: a recording encased in a human skull. Out in time for Halloween, they want everyone to get ready for the death/life cycle the songs are about. Apparently there are only a few songs, which is cool. So far a short two-hour clip has been posted of the first song. Each song will be encased in a small hard drive, representing our consciousness being connected to technology. Or the Flaming Lips probably weren’t able to put a 6 hour song out on any other format.
Most of the two hour clip is heavily repetitive, drone-based stuff. As someone who sort of lives off of that music, I decided to give it a listen. Actually I’m digging it a bit. It has all those trippy bits I wanted to see on the Neon Indian collaboration. Well, better late than never. I mean, by now it has been decades with these guys, and they’ve been doing a great job of making the world a consistently weirder place.
I’m happy to see so far into their career they’ve decided to help out human skulls. For forever they’ve been marketing their music to people who are currently alive. By placing their music into human skulls, they can now reach the lucrative Zombie and Ghoul market. Though some would argue Wayne Coyne already feasts on the flesh of the living, I’d retort that’s just another quirk of his lifestyle.
Thank you Flaming Lips for making good use of perfectly good human skulls.