Reviewed in
Amplifed #167 January 2018
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KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
Challenge Accepted
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At the beginning of 2017 Aussie psyche/garage/progsters King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard announced their plan to release five albums throughout the year. For any normal band this would have been madness, but then King Gizzard are not a normal band
In their short four-year career before this mad idea, they had already released eight albums and fifteen singles, so I had every confidence that they could pull it off. As well as producing some of the best psychedelic and progressive music to come out of Australia in recent times, they don’t like to be stuck in a rut musically, and if they want to switch genres between albums then they will. 2014’s ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ was storming garage-rock, especially the three-part title track, while the follow-up ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ was dreamy folk-psyche, and earlier releases have included heavy rock, pop, prog and psychedelia.
As well as constantly keeping us on our toes musically they love a gimmick, and so 2015’s ‘Quarters’ was an album consisting of four songs, each in a different style, and each lasting exactly 10 minutes and 10 seconds, while 2016’s ‘Nonagon Infinity’ consisted of nine tracks which each segued into each other, with the last track also segueing into the first, so if you played the CD on repeat you would have a continuous piece of music which would never end.
I’ve already reviewed a couple of 2017’s project in previous issues, but here’s a recap before I finish reviewing the last few releases, which (spoiler alert) confirm that the band have done it!