Pavement's final album was called Terror Twilight. "The Terror, by the Dawn's Early Light," doesn't have quite the same ring, but the Flaming Lips' latest, space-is-the-place opus is streaming in full now via NPR, and it starts with a track called "Look... the Sun Is Rising." The Lips previously played that clanging opener last week on late-night TV, and their South By Southwest performance of the whole album has been streaming online.
So you know what to expect: After that brief mid-2000s tilt toward the middle of the road and Wedding Crashers soundtracks, the Oklahoma psych-rockers are extending the revivified weirdness of projects like 2009's Embryonic or 2011's The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian EP. In other words, it's pretty heady, with or without any Fwends (Phantogram's Sarah Barthel does guest on "You Lust"), and bears not a trace of Ke$ha's glittery blood.
Speaking of "You Lust," the LP's mind- and universe-expanding centerpiece finds Wayne Coyne and Barthel singing, "The brightest light is the first to go."
Get your supernova on: