The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian
The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
March 26th, 2011 | 18 replies | 7,214 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Predictable... in the best way possible.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Everything is in its right place, perfectly as you would expect a Flaming Lips and Neon Indian collaboration to play out. With little fanfare, Wayne Coyne personally hand-delivers the EP to record stores in his local Oklahoma City area (only two stores are reported to be carrying the EP at this point), the artwork is indistinct, and a main facet of the all-vinyl release is that not two single vinyls are adorned with the same color or pattern-- unique, and exactly what we could expect from such a work. The collaboration makes perfect sense, after all. If Wayne Coyne wasn’t nearing the age where he can begin collecting Social Security, it’s easy to imagine The Flips embracing the fuzzy, nostalgic, laid-back leanings of chillwave. Neon Indian, members of the small-but-growing chillwave clan, fit perfectly together with their older counterparts in this collaboration. Both parties commit to indulging in the same drugged-out atmosphere in their lives, and the music seems to follow suit. Naturally, the smooth crackling of songs like “Is David Bowie Dying” reflect the bands’ propensity to mesh; and the track showcases Coyne’s buoyant vocals, which were used sparingly to my chagrin. “Alan’s Theremin” displays is an anesthetized, repetitive slow burner that the listener can choose to lose themselves in between the bleeps, or delegate the song to background music (I recommend the former). Side A of The Flaming Lips And Neon Indian concludes with lagging rhythms, hazy reverb, and some seriously spacey vocals. It illustrates how the collaboration takes more than a few hints from the chillwave scene, but isn’t necessarily committed to making a dancefloor-ready piece. Instead, the bands’ product is a captivating effort, brimming with immediacy, and always tip-toeing the precipice that dumps off into the psychedelic and experimental (coming closest to the edge on Side B, “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth, Part 2”). Given the bands’ histories and obvious inclinations towards drugged-out rhythms, hazy droning, and weirdness for the sake of weirdness, it’s safe to say the Flips’ collaboration with Neon Indian is one of the most predictable things I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t think anybody would say that’s necessarily a negative, though, besides that fact that they should really get in touch with a distributor.



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aesthetics
March 26th 2011



108 Comments


interested

SeaAnemone
March 26th 2011



18863 Comments


surprised I just heard about this this morning

iFghtffyrdmns
March 26th 2011



7047 Comments


holy megaparagraph

"but isn’t committed to necessarily making a dancefloor-ready piece"
I think this reads better if you word it:
"but isn't necessarily committed to making a dancefloor-ready piece"
but that's just my opinion.

Very nice review though Eric, Neon Indian is real cool so I'll probably get around to checking this out.


SeaAnemone
March 26th 2011



18863 Comments


thanks iFight... I like that better too, that helps

EDIT: dammit your pos means I have to edit Rec'd by Reviewer again lol

AggravatedYeti
March 26th 2011



7684 Comments


oh is that so errric?
been excited for this kind of.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 26th 2011



7047 Comments


haha what a beautifully proportional paragraph now, the world is at ease.

CelestialDust
March 26th 2011



3155 Comments


cool

Bulldog
March 26th 2011



3796 Comments


good review eric, pos'd. might try and get my hands on this, i lovem e some neon indian

WashboardSuds
March 26th 2011



4889 Comments


another good review, I pos'd.

I haven't heard Neon Indian but I like Flaming Lips so I might check this out

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

ConsiderPhlebas
March 26th 2011



6157 Comments


Great review. Gonna acquire this at some point.

SeaAnemone
March 27th 2011



18863 Comments


thanks guys

lancebramsay
April 1st 2011



1585 Comments


fat review

Yotimi
April 6th 2011



6277 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Disappointing

aesthetics
April 9th 2011



108 Comments


this is cool

Ire
May 5th 2011



41474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this

ihopeuchoke
May 11th 2011



667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Boring album is boring.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2011



9505 Comments


Whoa, this combination sounds sick. I'll have to check out

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kuala
November 19th 2011



17 Comments


Alan's Theremin is actually amazing



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