For those who have been clamoring for a return to the more optimistic, life-affirming version of The Lips (or, as some would call them, songs), Peace Sword ought to appease albeit subtly.
The six-song EP was conceived after being asked to write music for the end credits of the recently released sci-fi flick Enders Game, a film based on the novel of the same name. Fittingly, the bands more detached mechanical elements are retained but are often powered by a candy-coated jet pack.
Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) sounds like it could have been a Yoshimi outtake, and Is the Black at the End Good maybe their prettiest song of the last decade is fragile piano balladry, as Wayne Coyne coos existentially, Cause everywhere the love is / Thats where I will be. The Terrors moody atmosphere still pervades throughout, but theres a light at the end of the tunnel that has seemingly been absent for the last several years. And depending on how you like your Lips, that can either be a good or bad thing.
Ultimately, whether Peace Sword is indicative of a transitory phase and a somewhat uneven one at that isnt the question we should be asking. Rather, whats next? Zach Hale
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