Friday, June 3, 2011

The Flaming Lips with Prefuse 73 (2011 EP)

The Flaming Lips have been churning out new music at an astounding rate this year, as part of Wayne Coyne’s new initiative. Rather than spending 2+ years writing 20 some-odd album tracks to be arranged, produced, recorded, mixed, and eventually whittled down to the 12 or so that make the album, The Lips are opting for frequent releases in varied formats. From their 12” EP collaboration with Neon Indian to their Gummy Song Skull with a flash drive of music embedded in the brain, it has been a fruitful year for the Oklahoma psych-rockers.

Their newest effort pairs them with Prefuse 73, bringing glitch hop and intelligent dance music sensibilities to the Lips’ Embryonic-like computer-manipulated guitar compositions. The end product is 18 minutes of atmospheric chillwave, too loud to be called ambient, but largely devoid of standard song structure. Give a listen to the lead-off track “The Super Moon Made Me Wanna Pee!!!” embedded below, somewhat reminiscent of Embryonic’s “Watching the Planets”, and defying description in more ways than one.

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