Forgive me: Like its scratch-off packaging, “Flash Delirium,” reveals more layers once you start picking at it. Congratulations’ 4 minute and 16 second flagship post-Oracular Spectacular pop single (why not four more seconds, guys?) tosses up shiny slice-and-dice psychedelia that appears random at first and second passes, but does start making compositional sense, especially after the welcome signs go up and cameras go off in this video directed by Swedish Fever Ray/Knife associate Andreas Nilsson. Now we just need to figure out how the singing tracheotomy and Naked Lunch-ing fit with Congratulations’ arc.
Congratulations is out 4/13 via Sony/Columbia. Stream it here, and tune in to their Saturday Night Live debut 4/24.