Update: The band released a lyric video for their non-studio track, “Sun Blows Up Today” through Rolling Stone. Check it out in the player below.
With collaborations with Ke$ha and Bon Iver, along with Guinness World Record-breaking tours, six-hour songs and excellent festival appearances, you might not remember that it’s been a full three years since the Flaming Lips’ last studio release, Embryonic.
The band is set to follow it up on April 1 (we’re crossing our fingers we’re not being fooled, too), with a new LP titled The Terror, as Pitchfork reports. The album is set to be released through Bella Union and Warner Bros. There is also a non-album track, titled “Sun Blows Up Today,” which is set for release on Feb. 3. The song is also set to be a part of a Super Bowl commercial that the band will star in.
It’s reported that the album is nine tracks, and was produced by the band and longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann.
“Why would we make this music that is The Terror— this bleak, disturbing record…” frontman Wayne Coyne said in a press release. “I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”
We caught up with Coyne last June where he told us about a new studio effort. Whether it’s The Terror isn’t clear (Coyne didn’t have an album title at the time), but Coyne told Paste: “I would almost say that I think it could be the greatest Flaming Lips record we’ve ever made because it’s made from some other part of ourselves that we wouldn’t have access to if we were trying to get in.”
“Sun Blows Up Today”
The Terror Tracklist
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