The Flaming Lips are currently working on their follow up to 2006′s “At War With the Mystics”. Whether you like them or not, you have to admit, they have an interesting point of view when it comes to music. With their new album, they are changing a few things a little bit.
First, they are attempting to go in a new direction, which is that they really have no direction at all. Instead, they hope the album will feel more spastic and spontaneous; it will also lack the same studio polish as “Yoshi Battles the Pink Robots” and “At War With the Mystics”.
Second, they chose to not hinder themselves to 11-14 tracks, and make a double LP. In a recent interview with Billboard.com, the front man, Wayne Coyne, talked about the new album and the inspirations behind it.
In the interview, Coyne reveals why the new release will be a double album. He states…
“Somewhere along the way it occurred to me that we should do a double album. Just this idea that you can kind of weave a couple of themes into there and you can sort of sprawl a little bit. Our past couple of records we’ve always had this little dilemma, like how many songs do you put on? How many instruments do you put on? What’s the focus?”
Coyne further states…
“And some of my favorite records – thinking Beatles ‘White Album,’ Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ and even some of the longer things that the Clash have done – part of the reason I like them is that they’re not focused. They’re kind of like a free-for-all and go everywhere. It’s not necessarily because we’re prolific, I think we always stay in a sort of perpetual panic of like we never have more songs than we need and we always wonder if any of them are any good to begin with. I do think we probably work best in a panic, so maybe it’s best that I planned it this way.”
Coyne discusses the inspiration and direction of the album, and how it unfolded. He says…
“I think with this there was an element of accidentally stumbling upon more spontaneous sort of freak-out stuff…We were sitting at (drummer) Steven’s house and we just started out having these freak-out jam sessions where he’d play drums and I’d play bass and we just would sort of do freaky stuff. Some of those recordings, even though they’re not recorded very well, really had a spontaneity about them that we probably wouldn’t have purposely done…So we just went with some of that and use those as sort of the bedrock of what we’d do later on with overdubs and lyrics and stuff like that. It sounds very exciting.”
As of now, they have written 13 songs, but they plan to complete eight or nine more songs. They album is set to be released on Warner Bros. later in the summer. As of now, the album is untitled.
Are you a Flaming Lips fan? Are you excited about a new album?