Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Flaming Lips Record On Tap For September

We've been sitting around nervously waiting for any official information about the Flaming Lips' forthcoming studio album. Despite a few whispers here and there about progress, we hadn't really heard anything tangible until today, when the tracks below popped up on Austin, TX blog Covert Curiousity.

Apparently the record (which is entitled Embryonic, cover art above) will be a double record, and drops on September 29th. We have to say, the double record always comes with a drop of skepticism, but if anyone can pull off an epic masterpiece, we have to say it's the the Lips.

Now, back to those tracks: they're some of the most abstract stuff we've heard from the Lips in a long time, which is definitely a good thing. At War With The Mystics was definitely leaning towards the perilously poppy, so we're glad to see the band travelling back to an edgier, more experimental sound. Both tracks feature a much more open airy production style than the band has adopted as of late, and we have to say that at moments it even reminds us of some of the band's early records, but with their modern sensibilities in tact. Very tasty.

Meanwhile, if you're looking to catch the band live, they will indeed be touring, and in San Francisco that means a stop to headline the Treasure Island Festival. Well played, organizer-folk. Check the rest of the dates below.

Flaming Lips Summer/Fall 2009 US Dates
Sat, 08/15/2009 Del Mar, CA
Mon, 08/17/2009 Los Angeles, CA
Tue, 08/18/2009 Pomona, CA
Thu, 08/20/2009 Troutdale, OR
Fri, 08/21/2009 Redmond, WA
Sun, 08/23/2009 Morrison, CO
Wed, 08/26/2009 Atlanta, GA
Fri, 08/28/2009 Washington, DC
Sat, 08/29/2009 Philadelphia, PA
Sun, 08/30/2009 Boston, MA
Sun, 09/13/2009 Monticello, NY
Sun, 10/18/2009 San Francisco, CA

mp3: The Flaming Lips - Convinced Of The Hex
mp3: The Flaming Lips - Silver Flaming Hands


Sean said...

Thanks for the update about the Flaming Lips. I too follow Covert Curiosity, but hadn't seen this yet. Was going to disagree about the double album comment, but it's true. My only favorite doubles are live albums.