Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has yet another radical approach to sound-shaping. Having recently announced collaboration with the likes of Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and Ke$ha, we now have a taste of how these mixes will pan out.
“Now I Understand” features Siri of iPhone fame in an existential crisis. She has gained a modicum of consciousness and is now the one asking questions. The track starts with her activation double beep, then Siri calls out for Wayne while the listener becomes engulfed in swelling tides of synth as we wait for her to speak again. In an eerily honest manner she informs Wayne, “I don’t understand–the moon, the stars, and the sun.” As she repeats the line you can almost feel her trying to work out what it all means before two beeps signal her exit and Erykah Badu begins to sing.
It’s an obscure duet between Badu and machine but it fits nicely. Oh, and the music is evidently Biz Markie in reverse. Give it a listen—it’s only on SoundCloud for a week.
As Coyne said on the SoundCloud posting, “Life is beautiful. Music gets you high.”