Hear Flaming Lips’ New Six-Hour Song
Sean Lennon appears in the Oklahoma City psych-rockers' new epic, reading the names of charitable donors.
Last month, the Flaming Lips announced their next project would be a six-hour long song. On Tuesday, frontman Wayne Coyne unveiled the time-devouring track, titled “I Found a Star on the Ground,” at Portland, OR’s Jackpot Records. Hear the song below, uploaded as three separate SoundCloud streams by fan message board Slow Nerve Action (via Pitchfork).
“I Found a Star on the Ground” is only for sale at Jackpot, where it comes with a toy called Strobo Trip. Fans who donated $100 to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society or the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma could get their names on the track, and if you listen long enough, you can hear Sean Lennon reading them.
The track resemblessomething not unlike the pulsing psych explorations of vintage Stereolab. The Flaming Lips’ six-hour song follows the Oklahoma bnad’s previous experiments with how music is presented, most famously including 1997’s Zaireeka, a four-CD set designed to be played on four stereos simultaneously.
Before devoting their energy to swallowing up six hours of your time, the Flaming Lips were already keeping busy — for instance, releasing new music via gummy fetuses, or joining forces with noise-rockers Lightning Bolt. Other plans reportedly include releasing new tunes on a guitar effects pedal, in cereal boxes, and in an issue of Mad magazine.