New Flaming Lips Album in April

The Flaming Lips - The Terror

The Flaming Lips will release their fourteenth full-length album, The Terror, on April 2nd in the U.S.. Excluding two collaborative full-lengths, the last time The Flaming Lips released an LP was in 2009, with the sprawling Embryonic (review). Frontman Wayne Coyne calls The Terror a “bleak, disturbing record”, with an emphasis on “accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another.” Coyne always has fascinating ways of describing his work. It was evident in our interview with him a few years ago, and his description of The Terror only makes us more excited.

Produced by the band and Dave Fridmann, The Terror will be precluded by non-album track “Sun Blows Up Today” on January 29th. Digital pre-orders for the album begin on the same day. Several outlets are also reporting that “Sun Blows Up Today” will be featured in a Super Bowl ad. We’ll have to wait for that one. Coyne continued in the album’s press release: “We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”

UPDATE: Listen to “Sun Blows Up Today” below:

The Terror tracklisting:

01 Look…The Sun Is Rising
02 Be Free, A Way
03 Try To Explain
04 You Lust
05 The Terror
06 You Are Alone
07 Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
08 Turning Violent
09 Always There…In Our Hearts

MP3:The Spark That Bled“, “In Our Bodies, Out of Our Heads“,

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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