The Flaming Lips' Essential new album, The Terror, is a relentless onslaught of drone, a deep-dive into the sort of despair and fatalism the Oklahoma City oddballs have spent years fighting off with confetti cannons and hippy-dippy optimism. Now Wayne Coyne and crew have fired another shot in their psych-inspired war against the Darkness in "Your Face Can Tell the Future," their contribution to the latest original soundtrack for HBO's True Blood. "I know your face can tell the future / And the future's looking bad," Coyne sings early on, giving us the sense that this latest tune may be a follow-up exercise. That is, until a sparkling melody arrives, bringing along a welcome caveat: "We're doing the best we can."
True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4 also features tracks by My Morning Jacket, Iggy Pop and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, Alabama Shakes, Eric Burdon and Jenny Lewis, and more. The full collection is now available through iTunes.