By Madison Vain
Updated May 04, 2015 at 02:51 PM EDT
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A little over a year after they struck up their (would you say “unlikely?”) friendship on Twitter thanks to a birthday message (she to he), Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is ready to discuss some of the particulars of the Lips-Miley Cyrus collaboration. The seven-song collection has yet to receive a due date but, according to Billboard, is nearly finished.

“She does the pop thing so great, so it still feels pop, but a slightly wiser, sadder, more true version. Some of it reminds me of Pink Floyd and Portishead,” Coyne said. Cyrus and the band co-wrote.

Coyne, who is currently mixing the LP with his Lips-mate Steven Drozd, has spent considerable time with Cyrus. “We’ve just been getting in each other’s worlds. We text every day—sometimes three times, sometimes a thousand … She realizes she’s Miley Cyrus, but she doesn’t act like she’s all powerful.” They recorded at the Lips’ studio and Cyrus’ home in “DIY fashion”: “Her studio is just a little room with a desk,” he says, “and Miley was sitting there mixing. I was like, ‘I can’t picture Beyoncé doing this!’ It’s not a ­putdown of Beyoncé. I just don’t see her recording her own vocals and then EQ’ing it. It’s so punk rock!”

Cyrus has previously contributed vocals to two Beatles covers from the psych-rock outfit’s 2014 With a Little Help From My Fwends, performed with the group on Conan (“A Day in the Life” from Fwends), and appeared in the band’s trippy short film “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.”

Cyrus, a lover of pop and rock history, performed two songs over the weekend with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the former Runaways rocker’s stop Dallas. Cyrus introduced Jett and the Blackhearts in April for her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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