If you enlist Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips for your corporate upfronts gig, you have to expect something weird and new, right? At least, that's what Adult Swim got last night (May 13) at New York City's Terminal 5 when the Bangerz singer traded in her hits for a variety of covers and even debuted a new song with Wayne Coyne and co. entitled "Tiger Dreams."
After admitting that the song title was changed from "Tiger" because Katy Perry already had a song with that title (though she presumably meant "Roar"), Cyrus launched into the trippy new track, according to Billboard.
"No one's ever heard this sh*t unless you've been in my garage. So get f*cking excited," Cyrus declared before launching into "Tiger Dreams."
The song seems to be a hint at that Miley Cyrus/Flaming Lips collaboration Wayne Coyne announced earlier this month. "She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version," Coyne said about an upcoming seven-song LP. "Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead."
Indeed, the collaboration is almost exactly what you could have expected between the psychedelic rockers and the everything but the kitchen sink style pop star. "Tiger Dreams" is packed with forlorn lyrics questioning people's intentions, Cyrus' emotional vocals are accompanied by heavy distortion and dripping guitars courtesy of The Flaming Lips.
"And we only end up singing the same songs / They help us to forget that we are wrong," Cyrus sings in the chorus, with power and sorrow in her voice.
Cyrus didn't just debut new music at the New York City show. She also performed some covers and old favorites, including "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "A Boy Named Sue" and a particularly raunchy rapped version of Khia's "My Neck, My Back."