The Flaming Lips’ new album The Terror is made up of “nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works, along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect.” The band’s creative and collaborative nature still shines underneath the veil, though, as Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd explain in the latest installment of their new video series “We Don’t Control the Control”, where the two musicians break down The Terror song by song.
Discussing “You Are Alone”, track six on the record, Drozd reveals that it came out of pure entertainment while playing around with some new toys. “Sometimes you’re just messing around. . . I think I’d just discovered that silo synth, and I really had just started messing around with that Korg iPad app. And I thought, ‘Man, I don’t really have to plug in any keyboards or amps or anything; I can just go right into the thing,’ and it sounds pretty cool, ya know?”
“When you’re not using all your faculties,” Coyne expounds, “to say ‘this is the answer, that’s the answer,’ maybe there’s that real faculty that goes right to something pure that you go, ‘Who cares?’ Because we weren’t trying to make a new record, we weren’t trying to make a song, we weren’t even trying to impress each other.”
Hear what else the pair have to say about the descent of creativity in the video below, then stream the track in full.
Also check out our extensive new editorial interview with Drozd, where we discuss the new album and a variety of other topics.
The Terror is out April 16th on Warner Bros. Pre-orders are ongoing.