The Flaming Lips are back with new song "Will You Return / When You Come Down", the opening track from their forthcoming LP American Head.
"Will You Return / When You Come Down" is the fifth track to be lifted from American Head, after previous outings "You n Me Sellin' Weed", "Dinosaurs On The Mountain", "My Religion Is You", and "Flowers of Neptune 6".
American Head will follow on from last year's King's Mouth album. It's produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann, and sees Kacey Musgraves contribute backing vocals to three tracks - "Flowers of Neptune 6", "Watching the Lightbugs Glow" and "God and the Policeman".
Vocalist Wayne Coyne says of the album in a statement, "So... for most of our musical life we’ve kind of thought of ourselves as coming from 'Earth'... not really caring WHERE we were actually from. So for the first time in our musical life we began to think of ourselves as 'AN AMERICAN BAND'… telling ourselves that it would be our identity for our next creative adventure. We had become a seven-piece ensemble and were beginning to feel more and more of a kinship with groups that have a lot of members in them. We started to think of classic American bands like The Grateful Dead and Parliament-Funkadelic and how maybe we could embrace this new vibe."
"The music and songs that make up the AMERICAN HEAD album are based in a feeling," Wayne Coyne continues. "A feeling that, I think, can only be expressed through music and songs. We were, while creating it, trying to NOT hear it as sounds... but to feel it. Mother’s sacrifice, Father’s intensity, Brother’s insanity, Sister’s rebellion...I can’t quite put it into words."
He adds, "Something switches and others (your brothers and sisters and mother and father...your pets) start to become more important to you…in the beginning there is only you... and your desires are all that you can care about...but... something switches.. I think all of these songs are about this little switch."