The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (5 stars)

The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Sheer sonic brilliance from the Lips with Yoko Ono, Nick Cave and others

(Bella Union)

God bless The Flaming Lips and their inability to give a toss about pandering to commercial interests. Released only on vinyl to mark Record Store Day in the US this year … Heady Fwends is now very deservedly being unleashed upon the wider world. A star-emblazoned throwback to their early days of sonic exploration rather than a return to their mainstream, Wayne Coyne’s presence is barely in evidence, for example, as Yoko Ono yelps the title of ‘Do It!’ over a grinding industrial clang, or Nick Cave adopts full-on sleaze-pimp mode over the psychobilly grind of ‘You, Man? Human???’. Lightning Bolt, Bon Iver and Tame Impala also make memorable visits. Sheer brilliance, but maybe not if you like your noises pretty.

The Flaming Lips with Nick Cave - You, Man? Human???

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