As a Pole, I felt somewhat disappointed when Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips’ leader, explained the origin of the album’s title. The band randomly came across it, it made them think of something (well, a drug), then it got Google-translated (inaccurately, unfortunately), and that’s basically it. Some track titles on the other hand are just random words from the Polish translation of Erskine Caldwell’s book called Close to Home.
But enough of that. What appears to be group’s, erm, fourteenth solo studio album sort of continues the path The Flaming Lips took with 2013’s The Terror, although Oczy Mlody isn’t nearly as ambient-y or dreamy. Surprisingly enough, at times (like on the single How??) their newest one recalls the finest moments of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Other cuts, like the hilarious There Should Be Unicorns or the Miley Cyrus-featured We a Famly, are as trippy and adventurous as you’d imagine. Even the low-key Galaxy I Sink with a stunning intermission proves that The Flaming Lips fall under this category.
What is wrong then, you may ask. As ridiculous as it sounds, Oczy Mlody seems like a record only The Flaming Lips could enjoy. It’s a really pleasant album (though sometimes too repetitive or even same-y), but at the same time it’s worth noting that it brings nothing new to the table called “The Flaming Lips‘ discography”. Shame they didn’t go further with the Close to Home theme, maybe a concept would make this record more interesting.3 / 5