The Flaming Lips
Oczy Mlody


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
January 14th, 2017 | 176 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And God said, Let there be unicorns: and there were unicorns.

The Flaming Lips have always been, for better or worse, a weird group. A career spanning over thirty years and fourteen albums, the Lips have showed no signs of slowing down or opting to shed their long-standing image as that one band that is often associated with the psychedelic side of modern rock music. This withstanding aesthetic perhaps came to its peak with 2013’s The Terror, an album that took the Lips’ music and shed its wild psych pop sound to its very core, instead creating a slice of frighteningly isolated music that was anything but dream-like. Where could the Lips go from there however? The increasingly drawn out experimental material that made up The Terror and Embryonic had perhaps reached its zenith, leading to what is possibly the band’s most scaled down effort since Yoshimi Battles The Pink RobotsOczy Mlody. Gone was the harsh reality of its preceding album in favor of hazy, rhythm-driven psychedelic abandon. If The Terror was the cold confrontation of your reality, Oczy Mlody is the mystical retreat into your consciousness.

From the start of the opener ”Oczy Mlody”, there’s no sign of the overwhelming darkness that dominated a wealth of The Terror’s songs, instead replacing the glitched-out overdriven electronics in favor of rhythmic EDM-esque beats and unwavering synthwork that brings the composition together neatly. This beat-driven principle is what defines the album as a whole and makes the individual songs themselves unique to the Lips’ canon. Yet it’s with this work that the songs themselves rarely work without the context of its album, and herein lies its greatest flaw that immediately brings about a distinct parallel to the politics-driven At War With The Mystics. Very much like Mystics, Oczy features perhaps some of the Lips’ most intriguing material, but also features their most monotonous and tepid songwriting; both just happen to be overly long as well. It’s the first half of Oczy Mlody that ultimately makes it worthy of being given a chance, whether it’s the EDM-influenced ”How??”; the humorous acid-drenched”There Should Be Unicorns”, or the drama of ”Galaxy I Sink” that convinces you to listen to it. Moments like Reggie Watts’ monologue in the dying moments of ”Unicorns” and the subtleties of the compositions of works such as ”Nigdy Nie (Never No)” and ”One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill” serve to make Oczy Mlody an engaging listen at the very least.

However, it’s more difficult to really pin Oczy Mlody down as an engaging experience due to its singular mood, the oft-uninspired (and at times, try-hard) lyricism and its failure to ultimately go anywhere as a complete work. It’s in the latter half, eventually, where Oczy Mlody runs out of steam after its incredibly strong start and begins meandering toward a general sound that hardly has any room for variety nor creativity. Aside from the fast-paced”Almost Home (Blisko Domu)”, the songs that make up the latter half of the album either fall flat due to its lack of variety and/or poor lyricism (”The Castle”, ”Do Glowy”) or simply go nowhere and end up feeling more like an afterthought than an fully fleshed-out song (”We A Famly”). Yet it’s in the utterly tedious slog of closer ”We A Famly” that the main theme of Oczy Mlody truly makes itself known to its audience – that you’re not alone, a stark contrast to The Terror’s reassurance otherwise that you were completely isolated from others. Where there was once no hope is now the realization that life ultimately goes on. In the end, it’s this sole element that brings Oczy Mlody and its songs together to become a companion album to The Terror in its contrasting themes, even if the end result is something that peaks far too early, wanders about for a moment and ends on an underwhelming note.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"How??: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unLnJvzf-So

"Galaxy I Sink": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9lnCTOcgTQ

"Nigdy Nie (Never No)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj2fNyjKmYA



h o w ? ?

Digging: Long Fin Killie - Houdini

ArsMoriendi
January 14th 2017


27729 Comments


Wow that artwork looks like it was made in MS paint.

Digging: The Police - Synchronicity

TVC15
January 14th 2017


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Better be good

Digging: Medicine - 5ive [Come Here to Drink Milk]

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

welcome to flaming lips covers since 2009, ars (with some exceptions)

theBoneyKing
January 14th 2017


17739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Solid review Fripp.



Only given this one listen so far (my second Lips album) and I'm not quite sure what to think, I was really really enjoying it up until that weird spoken word bit at the end of There Should Be Unicorns and then after that everything started to blend together a bit. There's certainly a lot of interesting textures here though.

Digging: Cocteau Twins - Treasure

Deathconscious
January 14th 2017


23086 Comments


Oh Wayne.

Digging: Sanguisugabogg - Pornographic Seizures

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

fun part is, there's very little Wayne on this



it's very much a group effort this time around

Deathconscious
January 14th 2017


23086 Comments


Sounds like that should be a good thing.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

the first seven songs on this are quality flaming lips, but after that it varies from good (almost home) to stuff that shouldn't even be on the album (we a famly)



if it weren't for famly and do glowy, this would be a solid 4

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

plus aside from How??, none of the songs on here work without the context of this album

TVC15
January 14th 2017


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

First two songs are so boring

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

lmao no

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

how?? is the closest thing these guys will get to a legit banger

ArsMoriendi
January 14th 2017


27729 Comments


Oxy M'lady

Flaming Lips are neckbeards who do oxycodone

TVC15
January 14th 2017


10253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

How??? Literally almost put me to sleep and that was also while watching the uncensored music video with the nice asses

ArsMoriendi
January 14th 2017


27729 Comments


Yeah I checked How??? like a half hour ago, not my thing

Also what's with this band and extra question marks? Do they even realize?? how dumb it looks

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


19143 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"Oxy M'lady



Flaming Lips are neckbeards who do oxycodone"



stop

TheSpaceMan
January 14th 2017


12393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos pos pos

TheSpaceMan
January 14th 2017


12393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually just once



Dunno why I'm still sleeping on this

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2017


42746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

Worst comment I've seen tbh @ars



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