“You want access to your music to be as convenient and as easy as you can make it and you also want it to sound good, so you’re always struggling with quality versus convenience.” When it comes to creating music that pushes the sonic envelope, visionary frontman Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips have been on the cutting edge of aural adventurousness from their very beginnings as post-punk-apocalypse alt-rockers from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They continue to explore those outer limits on their new album, the evocatively titled Oczy Mlody — out now in various formats from Warner Bros. — with 57-plus minutes of music that tests the very boundaries of the stereo sound field.From the space-station crackle and buzz of There Should Be Unicorns to the rippling stereo ping-pong of Nidgy Nie (Never No) to the twisted new-frontier harmonies of We a Famly — the latter track featuring vocals from longtime favored Lips collaborator Miley Cyrus — Oczy Mlody is as meta as any album could hope to be in 2017.The Lips sure have come a long way from their lo-fi origins to their current mastery of using innovative plug-ins alongside live instrumentation in order to create clearly out-of-this-world sounds that have… Read full this story
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