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I'M IN YOUR MIND FUZZ

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.14 | 93 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well I've decided to focus on Psychedelic music for a couple of months then continue with that but get back to the 2018 to 2022 albums I haven't reviewed yet as well, then back to psychedelia after that. I change my plans a lot, just sayin'. My first KING GIZZARD review! I remember well the buzz over these guys and the discussions on the site here. I remember thinking with a name like that and hearing they play garage Rock that I'll pass. Then of course they started to change their style to the point that they are no longer that garage band anymore. They are a seven piece band with Stu leading the charge and he apparently wanted to call the band GIZZARD GIZZARD but in the end he combined the suggestions of other band members with his. This particular album released in 2014 seems to be the one fans point to as being their first great record and I agree.

Unusual to have two drummers plus we get three guitarists, bass and harmonica. Stu one of the guitarists sings and adds flute and keyboards. The only song that wasn't completely composed by Stu is "Hot Water" where Joey one of the other guitarists helped out. This isn't exactly the style of psychedelia that I'm into. High energy for the most part with processed vocals reminding me of "On The Sunday Of Life" at times by PT. Lots of distortion and man I just love how the first four songs of the album are like one long song over 12 minutes long as these tracks blend into each other not missing a beat and keeping it in the same style. Common lyrics too just make side one a lot of fun. Love the song titles as we get "I'm In Your Mind" followed by "I'm Not In Your Mind" followed by "Cellophane" and "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz". I don't ever remember singing about cellophane before although I do have an album from 1970 by DAY OF PHOENIX that has a song called "Cellophane #1 & 2". Anyway those first four songs would be awesome live. I like the next one "Empty" quite a bit as they slow it down a notch and add flute. Nice guitar work before 3 minutes. Interesting how they change this one late.

"Hot Water" is energetic with high pitched vocals. Again a lot of fun with flute or vocals leading the way. "Am I In Heaven?" reminds me of early HAWKWIND where they were kind of folky with the acoustic guitar and that bluesy/psychedelia. Then it kicks in dramatically with blues harp and much more. On fire! "Slow Jam 1" is relaxed with laid back vocals. Nice bass before a minute. Sounds echo as it trips along. "Satan Speeds Up" opens with distortion as other sounds are added including flute and beats. Vocals around a minute and they are high pitched. The guitar is cool. "Her And I(Slow Jam 2)" ends it and we get synths on this one after the opening samples, strummed guitar and vocals. Catchy and mid paced. Sounds echo and we get fuzz as vocals come and go. Nice trippy sound before 5 minutes. Blues harp at 5 1/2 minutes and the vocals cry out after 6 minutes.

For sure 4 stars and I'm just getting started with an interesting adventure with these young Australians.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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