Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne debuted a new track, “Tiger Dreams” — a potential cut from their upcoming collaborative album — during the Adult Swim upfronts at New York City’s Terminal 5 Wednesday night.
The spacey, slow-burning track boasted plenty of the Lips’ trademark pop-psychedelia, a mold Cyrus easily slid into and broke out of as she delivered the song’s somber, triumphant melody with a diva’s belt.
Prior to the cut, Cyrus playfully chided Coyne a bit, noting the song was originally titled “Tiger,” and adding, “As you can imagine, Wayne doesn’t listen much to Katy Perry, and I had to tell him that she already has a song called ‘Tiger’ and that we can’t do that. So this is ‘Tiger Dreams.'” (Cyrus was likely referring to Perry’s “Roar.”)
While Cyrus’ set featured a number of cuts from her 2013 album, Bangerz, she also busted out a wide array of covers, ranging from Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” to Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (itself a Joan Baez cover) and Khia’s raunchy classic, “My Neck, My Back.”
Cyrus and Coyne also performed their version of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” which they previously recorded for With a Little Help from My Fwends, the Flaming Lips’ 2014 tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
That cover, as well as a version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” marked the beginning of Cyrus and the Flaming Lips’ unlikely, but fruitful, partnership. Last year the pair also released a surreal short art film, “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain,” and set about recording the seven tracks that will appear on their as-yet-untitled album (a release date has yet to be announced).
“She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version,” Coyne told Billboard of their new material. “Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead.”