Since their own 2009 debut, The Birth, Stardeath and White Dwarfs has stayed busy working closely with the Flaming Lips on such projects as covering the complete albums The Dark Side of the Moon and In the Court of the Crimson King as well as touring extensively.
Now we have “Luminous Veil”, the first track to be released from Wastoid, the newest album from Stardeath and White Dwarfs. It’s a relaxed and laid back song that shows the very direct and obvious influence of the Flaming Lips on the band, which stands to reason as Wayne Coyne, the freaky front man of the Lips, is the uncle of Dennis Coyne, front man for Stardeath.
Sporting a (literally) brain melting illustration straight from the pages of Juxtapoz, this song is a straight forward and satisfying exercise in psychedelic sounds. The ambient and spooky opening is followed by a riff and chorus that’s at once familiar and reassuring to anyone that enjoys listening to the Flaming Lips. Really, this song could easily be a missing track from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot. Which is a good thing. If this is what the rest of the album sounds like, we’re in for a very pleasant ride indeed.