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Flaming Lips Go ‘Mystic’ On New Album

“We’ve moved away from robot sounds to sounds that are made by robots that come off organic.” Currently hard at work recording the follow up to 2003’s “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots”, Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne has been typically atypical in describing the sound for the band’s new record, set for a mid-2005 release: “It’s getting into a space-age jazz element,” adds Coyne. “Hopefully not too far out of the realm of what’s listenable.” The sound will be “a sort of progressive Dixieland.” Having earned a Grammy Award, as well as several ‘album of the year’ nods, the band have shut themselves away in Tarbox Road Studios with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Mogwai, Sparklehorse) for the new studio set – tentatively titled “At War With The Mystics”. One early title is ‘Mr. Ambulance Driver’. As Coyne says, “It’s about a guy and a gal, and the gal is dying after a car accident and it’s the moment they share as the ambulance approaches.