New Releases: The Flaming Lips, Susanne Sundfør & The Low Anthem

On this Autumnal Friday we have releases from three of Bella Union’s finest. The first of which is a live album from the incredible Susanne Sundfør who performed a recorded show at the Barbican last year. The album is available as a deluxe limited edition super-heavy Cornflower Blue double Vinyl including B/W fold out collage poster and deluxe CD including B/W fold out collage booklet. Order HERE.

“Innovative and genuinely captivating… a musician who has truly mastered her field” The Independent

“Scandinavian magical mystery tour induces euphoria” Evening Standard

Secondly we have another live album from legendary Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips, who performed with the Colorado Symphony. The album is available via Bella Union on Digital and CD from today, to then be followed by a vinyl release in January. The Flaming Lips performed their universally acclaimed 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This particular event has been regarded by those in attendance as one of the most awe-inspiring, moving and magical moments of a lifetime. Order HERE.

“This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.” Pitchfork

“A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.” NME

And last but by no means least, The Low Anthem are releasing a tenth anniversary edition of their  2008 album ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’. To celebrate the reissue, The Low Anthem will be heading out on tour across the US and Europe in 2019, which will include a London show at the Union Chapel tonight. Order HERE.

“These are magical songs laden with imagery and poignancy.” The Guardian

“The musical cadences employed in their songs leave the listener awash with comfort and the sense of homecoming.” Drowned In Sound

The Flaming Lips announce ‘The Soft Bulletin Recorded Live At Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’

On 26th May 2016, The Flaming Lips performed their universally acclaimed 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This particular event has been regarded by those in attendance as one of the most awe-inspiring, moving and magical moments of a lifetime. For the Lips and their fans, perhaps the apex of a magnificent interpretation that will remain as rewarding and emotionally-charged as it was that night in 2016. The Flaming Lips performed the 12-track album in its original sequence with new arrangements accompanied by a 69-piece orchestra and 56-strong chorus. The performance was conducted by the internationally celebrated conductor Andre De Ridder.

Now, the resulting live recording is being released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Soft Bulletin. The album was the band’s breakthrough moment and featured the hit singles “Race for the Prize” and “Waitin’ for a Superman.” The album will be released digitally and on CD on 29th November via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Warner Bros in the rest of the world. A vinyl release will follow a few weeks later. Album pre-orders begin today and will include an instant download of “Race For The Prize” from the album. Click here to pre-order.

Response from the media for The Soft Bulletin was overwhelming in its praise:

“This is one of those albums people are going to obsess over for many years to come.” Pitchfork

“A joyous, celestial celebration of sound.” NME

“The eccentric Oklahoma outfit The Flaming Lips serenely release another winning neo-psychedelic recording. Densely textured but melodic… No one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously.” Rolling Stone

“The Soft Bulletin echoes the oft-mimicked Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, with its psychedelic wobbliness, songs-within-songs and airy temperament.” Q Magazine

“Not just the best album of 1999, The Soft Bulletin might be the best record of the entire decade.”All Music

The Flaming Lips announce Kings Mouth release

Following its limited–edition vinyl–only release for Record Store Day, The Flaming Lips have today announced the worldwide release of King’s Mouth, their fifteenth studio album, on 19th July via Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Warner Bros in the US. The band have shared a first track entitled “All For The Life Of The City”.

King’s Mouth sees the iconoclastic outfit once again tread uncharted territory. These 12 new originals are threaded together by cinematic narration courtesy of The Clash’s Mick Jones. Additionally, the music parallels front man Wayne Coyne’s immersive art installation of the same name. 

Introduced in 2015, the installation has showcased its psychedelic visuals and soundscapes through North America in museums such as Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR and Wayne’s own creative space, The Womb, in Oklahoma City, OK. A true handcrafted marvel, it consists of a giant metallic head that welcomes spectators inside. Once inside of the foam month, an LED lightshow begins in tandem with music from the album. Now, the record doubles as the sonic companion to the exhibit and allows fans to experience the aural side at any time.

Further expanding this multi-faceted world and detailing a fascinating creation myth, the accompanying literary tome, King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience tells the story of the King’s Mouth through words and visuals by Coyne,adds yet another dimension to the project, which ranks among the band’s most ambitious thus far.

About the vision, Coyne wrote: “The King’s Mouth immersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as The Flaming Lips live performances. The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions.”

The Lips recently teamed up with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra for an encore performance of their seminal and celebrated 1999 offering, The Soft Bulletin, from top-to-bottom at Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall. This follows up their original 2016 performance of The Soft Bulletin together at Red Rocks Amphitheatre—noted by critics as one of the most important events ever held at Red Rocks in their 75-year history.