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It’s a bold statement to make, but The Flaming Lips’ 14th studio album may be one of their maddest concepts yet. Based in a world where sleeping cures everything from drug addiction to obesity, the drug Oczy Mlody is the party drug of choice, utilising your subconscious to you to “your perfect childhood happy mind”. Oh… and it’s set in a gated complex disguised as a fairy tale city where they’re always high and partying (thank/blame Miley Cyrus’ influence).The album features all sorts of wonderful mythical creatures, most notably on the psychedelic manifesto ‘There Should Be Unicorns’. Frontman Wayne Coyne delivers his demands over slow, gloomy synths and creaky sci-fi sound effects, making sure to be specific with the unicorn’s eye colour and what sauce to put on the “edible butterflies”. Guest Reggie Watts closes the track paraphrasing its lyrics, adding that the unicorns “shit everywhere”.

The album features all sorts of wonderful mythical creatures, most notably on the psychedelic manifesto ‘There Should Be Unicorns’. Frontman Wayne Coyne delivers his demands over slow, gloomy synths and creaky sci-fi sound effects, making sure to be specific with the unicorn’s eye colour and what sauce to put on the “edible butterflies”. Guest Reggie Watts closes the track paraphrasing its lyrics, adding that the unicorns “shit everywhere”.It’s similarly sedated on the mean sounding ‘One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill’. While the excitement of the adventure doesn’t come across in the music, the

It’s similarly sedated on the mean sounding ‘One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill’. While the excitement of the adventure doesn’t come across in the music, the six-minute adventure is a reminder that not many bands could get away with this sort of music.

‘Listening To The Frogs With Demon Eyes’, which is thematically and sonically inspired by the strange frogs Coyne would hear on dog walks, was supposed to be a full EP back in 2012 but has finally been released as part of this fantasy world. The albums constant bizarreness is cloaked in pretty, introspective synths and shrouded vocals, which means you have to listen closely to have any idea what’s going on if there’s any hope at all.

The whole album flows as one dreamy soundscape, too relaxing to be tedious, but not exciting enough to capture the potential of the story. There are some moments where the tracks come across as sadly mediocre, like on lead single ‘The Castle’ or ‘Galaxy I Sink’. But deviation from the hushed synth like sounds make for the more memorable moments, like ‘Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)’, a version of Miley’s ‘The Floyd Song (Sunrise)’ from that DIY ‘Dead Petz’ album everybody hated.The album closer ‘We A Family’, which features Cyrus, is an upbeat celebration about finally returning home from this strange exotic land and reuniting with the people you call family. Though the stories and themes along the way have been far-fetched, its appreciation of innocence, dreams, imagination and growth is incredible, and something The Flaming Lips do best.

The album closer ‘We A Family’, which features Cyrus, is an upbeat celebration about finally returning home from this strange exotic land, and reuniting with the people you call family. Though the stories and themes along the way have been far-fetched, its appreciation of innocence, dreams, imagination and growth is magical, and something The Flaming Lips do best.