The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne: ‘Our new album could be the best we ever make’

Singer hypes up new LP and likens it to 'religious music from the future'

Wayne Coyne has said that the band’s new album could be the best Flaming Lips album that the band ever make/

The Oklahoman band are set to release their collaboration-heavy LP ‘The Flaming Lips And Heavy Fwends’ on CD and digitally on June 25 but, in an interview with Spinner, the singer said the band were already looking ahead to their new studio record.

Asked to describe the album, he said: “Big songs, big arrangements, big productions, big mixing. It feels to me like religious music from the future that’s like this distorted melody coming from somewhere else in the universe and we’re just sort of collecting them.”

The frontman, who also said that the record was “almost exclusively” about “internal fear, and an internal sadness about living/oblivion”, added:

I would say I think it could be the best Flaming Lips record that could ever be made.

Earlier this month, Coyne became embroiled in a public spat with singer Erykah Badu, after she told him to “kiss my glittery ass” when he leaked an unapproved edit of the highly NSFW video to ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. Last week (June 9), however, Coyne insisted that vthe ideo was “wonderful” and claimed that Badu’s public display of rage was a means of garnering publicity.

‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’ was originally released as a double vinyl album for this year’s Record Store Day. The LP sees Coyne and co teaming up with a variety of artists including Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket and Tame Impala.