Legendary alt-rock band The Flaming Lips
announced their upcoming album, Ockzy Mlody,
and released a new single, "The Castle."
The Oklahoma City-based band has been making quality music since the late 90s and has solidified their legacy in rock music. Returning to previous sounds, this newest song has lush psychedelic production reminiscent of tracks off of their early breakout records: The Soft Bulletin
and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.
A return to an older style might be just what the band needs after their critically panned EP with Miley Cyrus last year, entitled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.
This newest single sounds like a return to form from that record, but knowing the experimental and evolving style of The Flaming Lips, it's unlikely that this record will be too similar to their early releases. Nevertheless, the fact that they are using that style as inspiration is heartening, and the evocative lyricism on the song is a good sign as well. These poetic lyrics compare a woman to a castle, and evokes mythic imagery. The song, two minutes at its current length, trails off at the end, suggesting the album version may be a larger sprawling epic of a track.
Along with this single and album announcement, The Flaming Lips shared their album art, a minimalist psychedelic print, reminiscent of 70s band posters, with oscillating lines and crazy text. The titles indicate an album interested in fairytales and children's stories. Whether this indicates the type of music that will be found within it is yet to be seen, but so far all indications point to something listeners who enjoyed The Flaming Lips' older work will love.