Christ, I love this band. After releasing a relative stinker in the form of At War With The Mystics (2006), it seemed as if the Flaming Lips might struggle to reclaim past glories. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002) was one of the most expansive pop records of the 21st Century and, before that, The Soft Bulletin (1999) is categorically one of the greatest LPs of all time, period. What does a band do when they seem to be slipping down slowly on a veritable decline? Flaming Lips had the answer; accelerate into the abyss. Embryonic (2009) was a difficult prog-album full are harsh noise masking the Lips’ trademark pop melodies. On this year’s The Terror, they did away with the pop factor completely and released a bleak (yet, ultimately uplifting) record that touched on krautrock, drone and cacophonous synth-noise. The last two albums have put the Lips back on track as one of the most daring and admirable bands working today.
‘Turning Violent’ is one of the bleakest moments on the album, and the band have released a video to accompany the song.