The Flaming Lips have reemerged in recent years as a denser and somewhat weirder band, and this transformation has been consistently great. On this week's edition of "Uncovered Covers," I wish to cover (sorry, I really could not resist) their most recent cover of King Crimson's 1969 song, "Moonchild," done as a collaboration with New Fumes. The cover is a 12 minute track opening with a melancholic dirge which transforms into ten minutes of an ominous and ambient mix of feedback and synths. The overall effect is slowly building tension without any sort of a release. Great stuff!
Also, while I am on the subject of covers done by the Flaming Lips, their special reimagining of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, released especially for Record Store Day a few years ago, is another great listen.
Finally, while I am here, I dug through the crates to leave you with a bonus cover, this one a little older (2009, which is maybe 10 in blog years). Off a 7" split with Xiu Xiu, Parenthetical Girls' cover of The Smiths' "Handsome Devil" is a great cover that elevates the twitchy neurosis of the song, originally hidden under Johnny Marr's pop rock sensibilities.