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Electric Würms

Muzik Die Schwer Zu Twerk

Warner Bros.

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I went into Electric Würms already a fan of Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne, and with a soft spot for '70s prog. Yet this album left me a little confused. How does a side-project made up of the principle songwriters of a major indie-rock outfit qualify as a separate band? (And yes, prog bands do it all the time, but that doesn't make it any less strange.) And Muzik Die Schwer Zu Twerk would make a decent Lips album anyway, if it had at least a good pop song or two. But it's unclear where Electric Würms is really focused. Great prog albums such as Court of the Crimson King or Yes' Fragile have songs or moments that ground them in reality, where the listener can relate to familiar musical ideas and prepare for the long cosmic journey ahead. Muzik skips that, or buries it too deep in the psychedelic muck to recognize. And the journey isn't quite as cosmic as it is a hazy smear of overused effects amid unfamiliar time signatures.

In the context of Coyne and Drozd's most current work, The Flaming Lips' The Terror, this is actually a fantastic sidestep. But it's missing a context of its own. In some ways, it's the branch off from the At War With the Mystics track "Pompeii am Götterdämmerung," but never captures the punchiness or narrative of what is objectively a kick-ass song. It's like Crimson King with "Mirrors" but no "21st Century Schizoid Man." The closing track, "Heart of the Sunrise," almost pulls this off, but it's a Yes cover anyway, so does that even count?

Electric Würms will probably be remembered as a relic from an already bizarre period in The Flaming Lips' career, which is a little sad because there are ideas here that could have worked really brilliantly elsewhere. On Muzik Die Schwer Zu Twerk, they're underdeveloped, and the result isn't nearly electric enough and just too perplexing. (electricwurms.warnerreprise.com)



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