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4.25 | 148 ratings | 7 reviews | 33% 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)

Digital album

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Flying Microtonal Banana ratings distribution

(148 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(51%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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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.

Review by Mellotron Storm
5 stars This has been called their Krautrock album and it smokes! I just can't get over how consistently great this album is with no weak tracks or even moments for me unless you consider hearing "rattlesnake" a hundred times on the opener. This album is a mood changer as is "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" and "Nonagon Infinity" the two GIZZARD albums I've reviewed before this one. There's a ton of energy here that makes it difficult to keep still and I'm okay with that. They use an instrument called a zurna that brings the Middle east to mind with it's shrill sound and it adds a lot to the mood here.

"Rattlesnake" opens with the wind blowing fairly hard before it kicks into this energetic assault to the senses. This is an 8 minute blast! The zurna comes in taking no prisoners before 5 minutes then more wind gusts. "Melting" is such an awesome track. Kind of jazzy with those softer but urgent vocals but check out the opening drums. And how about those distorted keyboards, so good! Great track! "Open Water" is a top three with those ethnic sounds but man such a groove with beats and bass all over it. The zurna rips in before 3 minutes then back to vocals. The fast paced vocals before 4 1/2 minutes are cool. This might be my number one or at least tied with the next track "Sleep Drifter" a track I felt stood out above the rest from the first spin but "Open Water" has since come close at least.

"Sleep Drifter" just sounds amazing with the picked guitar, beats and high pitched vocals to start out. But come on this just blows me away. A high energy top tapper. It's pretty cool when we get a calm and your thinking it's over but it slowly builds to an even groovier piece of music and I'm just bobbing to this like nobody's business. Check it out 4 minutes in. Love that guitar. "Billabong Valley" has these high pitched distorted vocals with piano and beats. The zurna replaces the vocals. So good! Back to the vocals as the piano rips it up. Love that bass giving us some depth and how about the drumming. I'm laughing here then a calm with picked guitar that builds with all but the vocals returning including the zurna. Vocals replace the zurna but they trade up some more.

"Anoxia" is a heavier sounding piece with some cool sounding guitar melodies that are replaced by the vocals. Nice bass and beats as usual. Lots of intricate microtonal sounds. "Doom City" opens with distortion and echoes before this motorik groove takes over. Krautrock 101 then the vocals come in fast paced. Sounds like a deranged harmonica after 2 minutes. "Nuclear Fusion" is my final top three but man every track is great. Deep processed vocals replace the drums then bass before we get that awesome sounding groove with vocals. Too catchy man. Swaying and swaying. Love the keys before 1 1/2 minutes and later before 2 minutes as it comes and goes. Again not fair how melodic this band is within high end compositions and sounds. This is my music. "Flying Microtonal Banana" ends it in a very exotic way with the zurna all over it but also ethnic strings and sounds. An instrumental to end it all.

My first 5 star GIZZARD album and so it's no surprise that it's their Krautrock record that hit that level first. The fireworks have been relentless here tonight on Canada Day I must say. Music is blasting outside but not over mine(haha).

Latest members reviews

5 stars Another one of my all time favourite albums! This album was what they deemed the beginning of their deep dive into microtonal music, going so far as to have "volume 1" in the top left hand corner of the vinyl. Fun Fact: the name of the album came from the guitar that was custom built for King Gizz ... (read more)

Report this review (#3050968) | Posted by GameSwitcher | Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | Review Permanlink

4 stars King Gizzard's first of five records in 2017 was an experiment in microtonality. They pulled it off and created something great. You have to admire their experimentation, expanding their style with eastern influences. They are not only prolific but also very eclectic and inspiring. Flying Microt ... (read more)

Report this review (#2736148) | Posted by WJA-K | Thursday, April 7, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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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