The FLAMING LIPS – ” All For the Life of the City “

Posted: April 18, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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This past Saturday was Record Store Day and one of the more notable releases was a brand new album by The Flaming Lips, King’s Mouth. And while the complete album remains a Record Store Day exclusive for now, one of its songs, “All For the Life of the City,” has been officially released online. Listen to it below, King’s Mouth had a limited gold vinyl pressing of 4,000 copies, but will be getting a wider release in July. It features spoken word vocals by Mick Jones of The Clash.

The lead single, “All For The Life Of The City,” from the King’s Mouth is a concept album based on the band’s art installation of the same name. King’s Mouth launched in 2015 at Oklahoma City’s the Womb. Visitors experienced a seven-minute LED lights and visuals show inside of a giant head.

The album is about a king who dies while trying to save his subjects from an avalanche. “We started out with a half-hour’s worth of abstract musical, dynamic stuff, and that ended up being 10 minutes by the time we got to the first museum opening in Baltimore,” frontman Wayne Coyne says “Then everywhere we’d go people would think, ‘This is going to be an album…’ We didn’t plan it that way, but I think it became more and more apparent that it could be a record.”

King’s Mouth, a concept album about a community mourning the noble death of a benevolent monarch, is part of a larger art installation of the same name, which is currently on display at Rough Trade NYC through May 31st. A press release adds:

Introduced in 2015, the installation has showcased its psychedelic visuals and soundscapes through North America in museums such as Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR and Wayne [Coyne]’s own creative space, The Womb, in Oklahoma City, OK. A true handcrafted marvel, it consists of a giant metallic head that welcomes spectators inside. Once inside of the foam month, an LED lightshow begins in tandem with music from the album. Now, the record doubles as the sonic companion to the exhibit and allows fans to experience the aural side at any time.

Completing the project is a literary tome titled, King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience, which tells the story of the King’s Mouth through words and visuals by frontman Wayne Coyne.

In describing his vision of the project, Coyne said: The King’s Mouthimmersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as The Flaming Lips live performances. The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions.”

4,000 vinyl copies of the album were released last Saturday for Record Store Day. Come July 19th, King’s Mouth will be release worldwide in all formats (digital, CD, vinyl, etc.) through Warner Bros.


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