My favorite all-time odd band is back. The Flaming Lips help us kick off 2017 with their latest album “Oczy Mlody” (no, I’m not sure how to pronounce that either).
The Flaming Lips have entered their third stage as band in the last few years. Their previous full length release “The Terror” saw a departure from the usual positive and optimistic themes in favor of a never before explored emotion from the band: negativity and realism.
“The Terror” also kicked off what I referred to as the third stage as it showed an evolution of the band’s sound. While previous releases like 2009’s “Embryonic” and their fantastic 2006 release “At War With the Mystics” were layered with heavy distortion and white noise, “Oczy Mlody” is more atmospheric and broad with it’s sounds and electronics. Lead singer Wayne Coyne’s vocals, as unique as always, remains calm and subdued like in previous releases, however the accompanying music actually matches the calmness throughout most of the album. Something that long-time Lips fans haven’t seen since the 1990’s.
“Oczy Mlody” is the first Flaming Lips album in a very long time that you can just sit back and relax to or enjoy on an early morning drive without wanting to get too hyped up. Often times throughout the album it feels like they took influence from Tycho and even Daft Punk’s “Tron” soundtrack, and mixed in their own unique blend of oddball characteristics. The whole album actually feels like a nod to the psychedelic movement of music in the 1960’s with a modern day electronic twist. It’s pretty rad if you ask me.
I honestly feel like this is an album that virtually everyone can enjoy. Be you a long-time fan of the band or new to their music, I believe “Oczy Mlody” is a fantastic introductory album to the Flaming Lips that will inspire newcomers and critics alike to consider visiting the band’s previous works.
“Oczy Mlody” is available digitally and in stores now, so do yourself a favor and check out the first major release of 2017.