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The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus Plot Trippy Collaborative LP


The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus are continuing their weird sonic friendship with an upcoming collaborative LP. The seven-track album was co-written by the psychedelic rock band and pop star during the past year and is currently being mixed by Lips members Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Billboard reports. “She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version,” Coyne said of the set. “Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead.”

The unlikely partnership began in early 2014, when Cyrus – a huge Lips fan – tweeted a birthday greeting to Coyne. In response, the frontman sent his phone number and the two realized they shared a surreal approach to art and life. “We’ve just been getting in each other’s worlds,” Coyne said. “We text every day – sometimes three times, sometimes a thousand.” 

Coyne has been impressed with Cyrus’ commitment to the music, which was written and recorded in “stripped-down, DIY fashion” at the band’s studio and Cyrus’ Los Angeles home. “Her studio is just a little room with a desk, and Miley was sitting there mixing,” the Lips singer said. “I was like, ‘I can’t picture Beyoncé doing this!’ It’s not a putdown on Beyoncé. I just don’t see her recording her own vocals and then EQ’ing it. It’s so punk rock!”

The as-yet-untitled album currently has no release date, but will be the latest in several collaborations between the singer and the group. Cyrus added vocals to two Beatles covers – ”With a Little Help From My Friends” and “A Day in the Life” – from the Lips’ 2014 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute, With a Little Help From My Fwends. They teamed up to perform the latter track last year on Conan, and Cyrus also appeared in the band’s trippy art video “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.”

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