The Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody

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Oczy Mlody
(Warner Bros.)

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The Flaming Lips have evolved into quite a number of incarnations over their 34 years together and their new album, Oczy Mlody, seems to be the start of another new direction. The album is not a total departure, but the influence of guest vocalist Miley Cyrus, who appears on the closing track, “We a Famly,” is clear with a bit of a pop sensibility blending together with the band’s psychedelic/experimental weirdness, this time with a more ambient edge. The results are mostly positive. Oczy Mlody begins with the great instrumental title track, which is then followed up by a spacey “How??” that launches a loose storyline for the album about drugs, but all of the album’s lyrics feel more like a stream of consciousness than any specific narrative. Some of the noteworthy moments on the album include “There Should Be Unicorns,” which features Reggie Watts who is a great fit for the strange theme, but unfortunately the song doesn’t make use of his full skill set. “Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)” is a reworking of Miley Cyrus’ version with a similar feel heading in a different direction. The album trades in the Flaming Lips’ anthemic and melodic sounds for more mellow, atmospheric music merged with abstracted lyrics that ultimately feel more like a journey than a destination.  

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Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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