The Flaming Lips to release Valentine's Day album encased in chocolate heart

Wayne Coyne reveals latest wacky way of distributing music

The Flaming Lips to release Valentine's Day album encased in chocolate heart

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The Flaming Lips are to release a new USB compilation album encased in a anatomically correct chocolate heart this Valentine's Day.

Wayne Coyne and co have teamed up with Dallas chocolatiers Dude, Sweet Chocolate to produce their latest unique stunt, following the 2011 release of released the 'Gummy Song Skull' EP, a seven-pound skull made of gummy bear material with a gummy brain. Each heart-shaped box houses a USB stick, featuring a compilation from the band titled 'Songs Of Love'. A statement from the band states that the hearts are made of "72% South American dark chocolate studded with hazelnut mini whoppers and waffle cone crunch".

Fans will be familiar with some of the tracks found on their romantic USB stick with a cover of The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ recorded with Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes featured on the tracklisting. Similarly, ‘Love Is Mind Control’, which the band recorded for a King Crimson tribute album in 2012, will also be included.

The Flaming Lips release their next studio album, 'The Terror', in April. The album will be released on April 1 via Bella Union (in the UK) and was produced by Dave Fridmann and the band at Tarbox Road Studios in New York State. The album is described as "nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect – but then again, maybe not".

The Flaming Lips will also play live in London following the release of 'The Terror' with two dates at Camden Roundhouse confirmed.

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