After a slew of collaborative singles with other artists released from 2011 and onward, and with the culmination of those efforts being The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends release, and not to mention, various other releases, (A cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, a 24 hour song and other record breaking attempts by the band) The Flaming Lips released The Terror on April 1st, 2013 (No joke!)
Wayne Coyne described the album’s theme as “We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear, that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”
While 2009′s Embryonic was a sprawling 18 song work that seemed, somehow, coherent, and all the while having tracks that greatly differed in sonic territory – like space age jazz instrumentals, etc, “The Terror” is a dark, and focused effort. Clocking in at 9 songs (which helps retain focus), the album is tied together by the musical efforts of Steven Drozd, and Wayne’s lyrics, which, on this album, seem to be about love failing, and as he said, still going on. It’s not a bummer of an album by any means, despite lyrics such as “However love can help you, we are all standing alone, the terror’s in our heads, we don’t control the controls.” I still find optimism in Wayne Coyne’s lyrics and I find The Terror as one of my favorite releases of 2013. I had the joy of seeing them live on two occasions in 2013 and I was greatly impressed with how the songs from The Terror translated to the live setting.