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4.17 | 84 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rattlesnake (7:48)
2. Melting (5:27)
3. Open Water (7:13)
4. Sleep Drifter (4:44)
5. Billabong Valley (3:34)
6. Anoxia (3:04)
7. Doom City (3:14)
8. Nuclear Fusion (4:15)
9. Flying Microtonal Banana (2:34)

Total Time 41:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Stu Mackenzie / vocals (1-4,7,8), microtonal guitar (1-8), piano (1,5,9), synth (2,3,8,9), microtonal bass (2,8), percussion (1-3,9), zurna
- Joe Walker / microtonal guitar (1,3,4,6,8,9), microtonal bass (5), vocals 6)
- Cook Craig / microtonal guitar (1,3,7), microtonal bass (4,6)
- Ambrose Kenny-Smith / microtonal harmonica (1,4,7-9), vocals (5)
- Lucas Skinner / microtonal bass (1-3,7)
- Michael Cavanagh / drums (1-8), bongos (3-5,8,9), percussion (9)
- Eric Moore / drums (1,3), bongos (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Jason Galea

CD Flightless ‎- FLT028CD (2017, Australia)

LP Flightless ‎- FLT028 (2017, Australia)

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Flying Microtonal Banana ratings distribution

(84 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Flying Microtonal Banana reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The prolific Aussie jam band is experimenting with Middle Eastern microtonalism.

1. "Rattlesnake" (7:48) run-of-the-mill, straightforward lyrics-driven rock. (12/15)

2. "Melting" (5:27) hypnotic SANTANA-like music. A top three song. (8.75/10)

3. "Open Water" (7:13) interesting and engaging in a MOTORPSYCHO-kind of way. The insidious repetition runs the chance of boring me musically until the guitars cut out at the 4:15 mark and then a very interesting ADRIAN BELEW/TALKING HEADS section begins. Cool! My second top three song. (13.25/15)

4. "Sleep Drifter" (4:44) good modern psychedelic rock with some classic "Southern" rock chord structures and soundscapes. I like the pause and slow restart at 2:40?it really sets apart the microtonal inputs that everyone talks about. There's a little CAN-like Krautrock feel to this, as well. (8.5/10)

5. "Billabong Valley" (3:34) same CAN-like beat and pace from the previous song with the unusual singing voice of a female(?) The song slows down in the second half and then the presence of the zurna makes it interesting. (8.5/10)

6. "Anoxia" (3:04) Here the zurna feels like it's coming from its own separate universe while the pretty standard rock music supports the guitar-and-choral vocal approach the band used to use a lot back in 2014. (8.5/10)

7. "Doom City" (3:14) odd slow blues riff opens before it switches to New Wave-like rhythmic styling. Zurna and choir take the band down the slow blues riff for the choruses. Very strange! Stu's untreated voice, sung in the mid-range, sounds so unusual. (8.25/10)

8. "Nuclear Fusion" (4:15) Very interesting, curious, yet catchy soundscape and weave. A top three song for me. (8.75/10)

9. "Flying Microtonal Banana" (2:34) an instrumental with congos, djembe, and marimba with guitars and multiple tracks of zurna. Eventually they create a kind of chorus out of the chorus riff from Jesus Christ Superstar song "The Temple." Whereas the rest could come from PETER GABRIEL's Passion Sources. I have to say, when these guys choose to do instrumentals, they do them well. My favorite song on the album. (4.75/5)

Total Time 41:53

B/four stars; a nice excursion into KG&TLW's excursion into Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelia. Recommended for your own exploration--especially if you're into following this band's evolution.

Latest members reviews

3 stars If, like me, the concept of this album makes you curious about how microtonality would work in a rock context - especially if you've heard, for example, the work of Alois Haba, whose piano sonata explores microtonality so thoroughly as to be utterly disorienting - well, these guys don't go anywhere ... (read more)

Report this review (#2591881) | Posted by sl75 | Friday, September 3, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 1. Rattlesnake - Psychedelic garage rock with a classic Krautrock drum beat. Sets a strong pace for a really good album. Could be seen as a bit repetitive but lots of subtle changes to keep you interested 2. Melting - almost a sort of Bossa Nova style, and the microtonal elements really come to ... (read more)

Report this review (#2442040) | Posted by bartymj | Friday, August 28, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars To celebrate King Gizzard being added to the archives, i'm going to review my favorite Gizz album. On this one, the boys experiment with micro-tonal instruments creating one of their more progressive albums that's able to keep a very uniform dark sound throughout. Much of this lies in the very ta ... (read more)

Report this review (#2303110) | Posted by dougmcauliffe | Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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