Today The Flaming Lips release King’s Mouth, their fifteenth studio album, via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Warner Bros in the US. The album has been widely acclaimed as their finest collection of songs since The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. To coincide with the album’s release, a video for the track “How Many Times”is also released today. In typical Lips–ian fashion, the video is lysergically colorful and completely joyous in its simplicity. It was shot in the band’s hometown of Oklahoma City and directed by Wayne Coyne.
“The songs here are a total joy… More straightforwardly appealing than anything the Flaming Lips have come up with in years.” The Guardian – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)
“The Flaming Lips remain masters at creating an irresistible sense of sheer awestruck wonder that demands its own emotional reaction from the listener. Age has not withered their magical weirdness. Whatever far–flung universe they now inhabit, these inner–space explorers are clearly never coming home.” Uncut – 8/10
“King’s Mouth is possibly The Flaming Lips most upliftingly utopian work since Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, an album whose themes of heroism and sacrifice it echoes, and whose symphonic space–pop it revisits.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“A successful return to the melodic charm of Yoshimi… It hangs together beautifully, and richly rewards the listener who stops to hear it as a single, moving piece” Metro – 4 Stars ****
“Outstanding… King’s Mouth is as close as the Lips have got to reproducing the sci–fi fairytale feel of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, as well as matching it for moments of sheer joy.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****
“Heady instrumentals and psychedelic pop nuggets are intertwined with swelling strings and a story narrated by The Clash’s Mick Jones… The album climaxes with the elated closing ballad ‘How Can A Head’ with not a step misplaced on the journey to get there.” DIY – 4 Stars ****
“A gorgeous, ethereal concept opus evoking The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. There’s no one in this or any other universe quite like the Lips.” The Sun – 4 Stars ****
“A charming release… King’s Mouth demands your attention, the medieval fantasies of King Crimson colliding with the interstellar scope of David Bowie.” The i (Album of the Week)
“Based on the exploits of a child with the cosmos inside his head, it’s tuneful psychedelia is bolstered by shimmering synths and Beatles–like twists.” Daily Mail – 4 Stars ****
“Enthralling… Like their peak albums, King’s Mouth marries perky wide–eyed optimism with heft and gravitas… A laudable leap into something different and fresh.” PROG
“Sepia–tinted keyboards immediately transport us and a quaint magic unfolds, Lipsian splashy drums, mellotron chorales and flower–power melody all part of the spell.” MOJO
“Some of their loveliest tunes in years… King’s Mouth is a return to the thing they do best: gloriously weird psychedelic concept albums with plenty of heart.” Electronic Sound
“A record that shifts between tones, textures and rhythms, unfurling like a dream… King’s Mouth adds another unique and unpredictable chapter to The Flaming Lips’ legacy” Long Live Vinyl – 7/10
“King’s Mouth is alive with all the psychedelic irreverence, scuzzy beats and melodious pop that’s become The Flaming Lips hallmark all these years.” Loud & Quiet
Having recently performed at All Points East, and soon to appear as one of the headline acts at the End Of The Road festival, Spiritualized have announced news of a special one–off acoustic performance at London’s Hackney Empire on September 14th as part of the Somewhere Festival. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 19th July.
SOMEWHERE, which launched in Tokyo in April, with performances from Phoenix, JUSTICE, Carl Barât, Friendly Fires and Basement Jaxx, takes up residence at London’s Hackney Empire for a run of shows in September. SOMEWHERE brings unique performances at special venues around the world with distinctive staging and the backdrop of their trademark 1001 candles. Having already received great acclaim in Japan, this London event will be the first international appearance of SOMEWHERE, before touring classic Art Deco theatres in major cities around the world in Paris, New York, Berlin and Moscow.