Flying Lotus has a new album with a very provocative title, ‘You’re Dead’, and I remember seeing a big street ad plunging over one of the stages at the FYF fest, bringing the mood a bit down… yes, who wants to be remember about death during a day of fun at a music festival?
Because this is really about death that FlyLo (this is how Thom Yorke calls him!) is talking about, and he is not making everyone happy. In an interview with NME, he confided:
‘In my mind, it starts at the moment of death. When the switch goes off, when you press play, you’re dead already. Then there’s confusion, and it’s strange and different. And the resolution is understanding and acceptance… I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a dead body, but it doesn’t feel like there’s a soul in it. There’s something about the spirit that illuminates the life.”
I am not sure I get everything of what he says but he also revealed something else quite interesting during the interview: there were several potential collaborators for the album, and among them, happy guy Pharrell Williams:
‘Pharrell wanted to contribute too’, said Steven Ellison (aka FlyLo). ‘But he had issues with the kind of songs to write. He didn’t wanna make a self-fulfilling prophecy… he didn’t wanna write a song about death and then die the next day… and I totally respect that.’
Whaaaaaaa? Did I read that correctly? This is the most ridiculous thing ever, and I don’t respect this at all, Pharrell is an idiot, a superstitious idiot or was the death theme not going too well with his happy song? Flying Lotus is way too nice, it was a stupid excuse to come up with, which prophecy is Pharrell afraid of? But above everything, I just wonder whether he thinks these lines are also announcing some self-fulfilling prophecy: ‘So hit me up when you pass through/I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two’… because he wrote that disgusting shit, he wrote that!
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