The Flaming Lips Announce New Album Title and Release Date
News of a new Flaming Lips album, a follow-up to 2012’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, emerged over the summer last year, and now the release, once tentatively and now officially titled The Terror, is scheduled to hit stores on April 2 on Warner Bros. Records.
Regularly collaborator David Fridmann produced The Terror, who features nine tracks on the standard edition. The album, which Wayne Coyne once called “possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made,” has a darker sound, attributed to Steven Drozd’s drug addiction and recovery.
In speaking about the release and how it came together, Coyne, at one point, told Billboard: "It's music that was kind of happening by accident while we were making this 'Heady Fwends' record; in-between those (songs) we would secretly be making music we didn't know we were making, and later we would hear these little pieces of music and be like, 'What is that? That's cool. Who is that?' 'It's us.' 'It's us?! Really?' and we'd collect things and put them together."
Before April 2, fans will get a preview of the new sound with single “Sun Blows Up Today.” Although released digitally on January 29, the song is being featured in a commercial scheduled to debut during the Super Bowl on February 3. “Sun Blows Up Today,” however, is not an official album single and is being included on the full-length release as a bonus track.
The tracklist for The Terror includes:
Look...The Sun Is Rising
Be Free, A Way
Try To Explain
You Are Alone
Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
Always There...In Our Hearts