"Heart of the Sunrise" - Electric Würms [YouTube Official Audio]

Sydnie Aldrich

by Sydnie Aldrich

Published July 3, 2014

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd's new side project, Electric Würms, have released their first single. Listen to "Heart of the Sunrise" above.

The supergroup is also made up of four members of Nashville band Linear Downfall. The result is a bizarre, psychedelic, celestial experience. To gain a little more insight into what they're all about, here's the skinny straight from the band in a press release:

It all began in the late '70s when someone invented the right kind of acid that could make you fly! It seemed that everything was, at last, possible. And the overly optimistic freaks of the day began flying into outer space.

They flew in spaceships that were, at first, made of futuristic super metal but before too long they didn't even NEED ships. They BECAME the ships and they called themselves Electric Würms. I think because they became just bolts of electrified electricity that could penetrate wormholes in the far reaches of the unknown galactic heaven.

And before they died they sent back to earth beings a sonic bible of discoveries and failures. It was, until now, a strange unsolvable mystery of frequencies and rhythms. Two groups of determined musicians, artist and weirdo thinkers set forth to decipher its message. Two members of The Flaming Lips (Steven and Wayne) and four members of Linear Downfall (Charlee, Chance, Doom and Will) were the chosen ones.
What you have is the first of, what could be endless, communicated sound stories. It is titled Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk, which predicted this modern day dance move by almost forty years ago. Some of it is indeed hard to twerk to but some of it, if I could do it, is not. There is a particular track called "Transform!!!" that closely resembles a drug fueled boogie freak rock track by Miles Davis. Another verse "Heart Of The Sunrise" sounds vaguely like a song by the prog folk group Yes. Of course, Yes also turned themselves into space ships so it's no wonder these songs share a similar vibe.

The single isn't a far cry from some of the more proggy Flaming Lips material -- it's layered and drawn-out, but it's short, ringing in just under four minutes. The LP is entitled Musik, Due Schwer Zu Twerk, which in German literally means "music that's hard to twerk to." This should be interesting.

The Flaming Lips are also currently working on their cover LP of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will feature Moby and Miley Cyrus (what a pair). For more news and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.

Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk is set to release on August 19th. Pre-order it on Amazon.


1. "Deformed in the Future"
2. "Futuristic Halucinations"
3. "The Bat"
4. "The Second Time"
5. "Transform"
6. "Heart of the Sunrise"


Source: Flaming Lips YouTube Channel

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