In one of the unlikeliest comebacks of the year, mid-noughties indie darlings The Vines burst back into life earlier this summer with ‘Out The Loop’. It marked the band rediscovering the same form of their peak days, a short, sharp reintroduction that blasts away the notion that the Australian band’s heyday is long gone.‘Wicked Nature’, the stonking 22-track double album it’s taken from, reinforces that feeling. Split into two halves, it first shakes you by the shoulders with an onslaught of rock’n’roll before, in typical Vines style, journeying through a host of sounds. You might not have bet on The Vines returning with something that sounds so fresh and vital in 2014 but that’s exactly what they’ve done.
It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke after all: The Flaming Lips actually made a companion album to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Flaming Side of the Moon is streaming in full below.
According to the press release, listeners are encouraged to listen to Flaming Side of the Moon and Dark Side of the Moon simultaneously. “For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons’ engineered quadraphonic LP mix of Dark Side, but it will work with the album on any format,” the press release adds.
What’s more, Flaming Side of the Moon “was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz” just as Dark Side of the Moon is rumored to do.
The album is apparently available now through all participating digital outlets, and a limited pressing of 100 vinyl copies will be distributed to friends and family of the band.
The Flaming Side of the Moon follows the band’s 2009 cover album of Dark Side of the Moon.