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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Australia


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Founded 2010 in Melbourne, Australia

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD is an experimental rock band from Australia with a stable line up of seven members. Stu Mackenzie, Joe Walker, Eric Moore, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Lucas Skinner, Cook Craig, and Michael Cavanagh all grew up and went to school in the Melbourne region. They started off as a loose jam crew, until the band once was asked by a friend to play at a local show.

During some time their music was dominated by a psychedelic garage and acid rock style. Gradually though they went on to widen the musical scope with the result of some progressive rock albums, for example 'Polygondwanaland' and 'Sketches Of Brunswick East'. Both were released in 2017, which must have been a very inspiring year for them. While covering diverse genres nowadays, every new album is appearing like another surprise bag. Above all their live shows are said to be distinctly energetic.

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.77 | 22 ratings
12 Bar Bruise
2012
3.21 | 19 ratings
Eyes Like the Sky
2013
3.72 | 25 ratings
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs
2013
3.18 | 22 ratings
Oddments
2014
4.19 | 52 ratings
I'm in Your Mind Fuzz
2014
3.96 | 35 ratings
Quarters !
2015
3.53 | 36 ratings
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
2015
4.37 | 67 ratings
Nonagon Infinity
2016
4.27 | 68 ratings
Flying Microtonal Banana
2017
4.02 | 45 ratings
Murder Of The Universe
2017
3.71 | 42 ratings
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club: Sketches of Brunswick East
2017
4.21 | 79 ratings
Polygondwanaland
2017
4.00 | 42 ratings
Gumboot Soup
2017
3.63 | 41 ratings
Fishing for Fishies
2019
3.76 | 48 ratings
Infest the Rats' Nest
2019
3.92 | 42 ratings
K.G.
2020

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 4 ratings
Live In Adelaide '19
2020
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live In Paris '19
2020
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live In Brussels '19
2020
4.00 | 8 ratings
Chunky Shrapnel
2020
4.67 | 3 ratings
Live in San Francisco '16
2020

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2.60 | 5 ratings
Willoughby's Beach
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anglesea
2011
3.43 | 7 ratings
Cyboogie
2019
3.88 | 8 ratings
Honey
2020
3.60 | 5 ratings
Some of Us
2020
4.00 | 7 ratings
Straws in the Wind
2020
3.83 | 6 ratings
Automation
2020
4.00 | 8 ratings
If Not Now, Then When?
2020

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Reviews


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 Nonagon Infinity by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.37 | 67 ratings

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Nonagon Infinity
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars Nonagon Infinity is in my opinion, a landmark of modern psychedelic rock music. Though I think King Gizzard had previously struck gold with their records "I'm in Your Mind Fuzz" and "Quarters," in many respects Nonagon Infinity sort of irons everything out into one very cohesive and undeniably realized package. While this is a psychedelic rock album first, I feel there's some very strong elements of progressive rock in the forefront of the music. While there's certainly tons of odd meters across Nonagon Infinity, just the general sound of the band and the way all the songs jive together is like nothing i've ever heard before. Every track seamlessly flows into one another, including the last song into the first song, creating an 'infinite' loop of music. The songs are covered in melting, textured and fuzzy psychedelia, with real nasty driving riffage, very modern sounding keys and production values as well all sorts of varying memorable grooves. This album holds no punches and it takes you for a ride right out the gate with headbanging and explosive "Robot Stop." This song never fails to get me amped up within the first few seconds immediately just jumping head first into the rampaging main riff in 7/4. There's a lot of very subtle passages across this song and record where the drums will hold a steady beat setting the stage for the other members to unleash an onslaught of what can best be described as "King Gizzard noises" upon you. Super distorted guitar effects, raging harmonica, and punchy, often rhythmic synths and electronics. "Big Fish Wasp" keeps that same energy with a super earworm of a main hook. For me these first two tracks really go hand in hand and you can't have one without the other and they smoothly come together to create an awesome 10 minute block of music with no shortage of memorable riffs between them. I feel very similarly about the next two tracks which are two of my favorites on the album, the first of which being the headbanging "Gamma Knife." Every single vocal line in this song is unbelievably catchy, often mimicking or singing in unison with the guitar lines. I love the ending of this track where it comes into what I'd describe as a bit of a smooth landing where it strips down to just the guitars playing on top of one another building a slight sense of tension before the drums come back in and the song kicks back into full swing effortlessly segueing into "People Vultures." Stuff like what I just described is just an example of King Gizzards mastery of short but effective build-ups and payoffs. People Vultures was the first KGLW song that I heard and it immediately grabbed me with its real droning and menacing psychedelic intro that kicks into the absolutely filthy main riff. On this song and throughout their discography you get a taste of lyrics that just gush with creativity and personality, and the music videos add another layer to the very original and clever aesthetic their music brings. I really love the spacey synths in the latter half of this track, it's like I'm getting abducted by aliens mid song. The next track is the cleverly titled "Mr. Beat," which is a play on the words "Missed a Beat" as the song alternates between 4/4 and 3/4 (7/4, but for explanation purposes....). With this song, it's simply impossible to not move your body while listening to it. This track falls into the vein of the purposefully repetitive vocal based style that's become a bit of a King Gizzard trademark notably on songs like Rattlesnake and Trapdoor. There's some very punchy and bluesy organ work in the mix and a gorgeous main hook, with the last minute of the song fizzling out to set up the next track, another one of my favorites: "Evil Death Roll." I'll sound like a broken record but the main riff here is nasty and one of the first to come to mind when this record pops into my head. This ones really 7 minutes of straight headbanging action. The main hook is super effective, but my favorite park of the song is the super proggy and space rock tinged middle passage starting at 2:54. It kicks back into that odd meter with this awesome guitar/keyboard? melody over it that really grabs the ear before hitting you with these super distorted waves of sound continuing with the riffage in-between. There's all sorts of motifs and references to the other tracks on the record throughout this jam. "Invisible Face" is fantastic, I love that main riff and groove that opens this track as well as the pretty low register and distorted vocals on top of it. However after about a minute it totally changes pace morphing into full blown jazzy space rock bliss with flowing synths and light, subtle guitar playing. One of my favorite parts of the whole record for sure. Now in the final stretch, "Wah Wah," turns the headbobbing riffs back on, now in 5/4 with the harmonica and guitar trading off lead parts. In the verse there's some sweet acoustic guitar parts sitting in the background adding another layer of punch to the vocals on top of it. "Road Train," is the album closer, it kind of reminds me Deep Purples Hard Loving Man, because it's super driving and unexpectedly heavy considering it's the closing track, almost bringing forth elements of thrash metal which they would explore further on future releases. The bass sits in the forefront providing the backbone to this track, as it goes on several reprises and references from the previous tracks pop their heads in and out of the track. in the final 20 seconds you start to hear that familiar Robot Stop groove pick back up before things come to an end.... or.... don't, rather.

In my book, an essential rock album of the 2010s. Nonagon Infinity is always such an enjoyable and rewarding listen that myself, and I'm sure many others will be playing and talking about for years. 5 Stars.

 K.G. by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.92 | 42 ratings

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K.G.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars King Gizzard returns off the back of two 2019 releases. One of which I loved a lot, Infest the Rats Nest, and Fishies for Fishies which I thought was just alright. As this album got hyped up and singles were dropping I started to get a bit nervous cause I found that I was a little lukewarm on the songs that were coming out. After finally getting to sit down and give the album several spins, my worries and expectations were absolutely shattered. This album is fantastic! As usual we get a set of great songs with memorable hooks, riffs, on top of a nice, comfortable runtime. However, on this album I find the songs.... especially good, even for their already high standards. They cover a multitude of styles expanding on the previous venture into microtonal experimentation, which happens to be my favorite King Gizzard album. All the tracks flow into one another creating a very satisfying and fulfilling listen when taken in as a single piece of music. The thing I really like about this as well is that they actually put a lot of effort into the transitions and every song typically delivers something fresh and interesting as it gets ready to head into the following track. From a production standpoint I think this is their strongest yet, the album is pure ear candy and they sound as full and as dialed in as they ever have. This is probably their most psychedelic release in a long time, however the elements of metal and prog they've picked up over the last few years are very much present. I love the 3-punch combo this album opens up with. You got the menacing "K.G.L.W" which sets the dusty middle eastern mood kicking right into the heavy and headbanging "Automation" which just kicks ass! One thing I find within this album is that there is a greater emphasis on the grooves and the drum sound just packs so much punch, there's a lot of awesome odd times in the mix as well. Automation flows right into "Minimum Brain Size" which keeps the energy going and offers some nice breathing room before kicking into a sweet jam at the 2:45 mark. I'm not sure whose singing on this track, but I really dig the softer and more melodic vocals on this one. "Straws in the Wind" was one of the singles that flew over my head and like the others, it really sounds so much better in the context of the album. It has a real trancy feel to it with pretty punchy acoustic guitar playing throughout. There's also some sweet heavier psychedelic sounds coming through in the latter half. The next track, "Some of Us," is a really sludgy venture that hits you with an awesome wall of melting riffage and melodic guitar/vocal lines. The distorted clavinet playing at the end is just so damn cool. It's after this song where the album really takes off for me packing what are probably my three favorite tracks in succession. "Ontology" is a super groovy, driving and mesmerizing track. The main instrumental hook is a harmonica-led celebratory ear worm that alternates comfortably between 7/4 and 6/4. In the last minute and change of this track it hits you with a nasty hypnotic guitar solo. "Intrasport," which seem to be the most talked about track is another favorite of mine. I love the electronic instrumentation, vocal effects and dance-like grooves within it. Towards the middle it sort of fizzles out and strips down before slowly building back up and dropping right back into the main motif delivering an awesome payoff. "Oddlife" follows this and it's incredible. It's super hypnotic and once again, the drum parts sound great. Especially as they're overlaid with crisp psychedelic instrumentation and effects. This song is particularly dense, there's so much going on and I find myself constantly picking up on new details upon every relisten. "Honey" was my favorite of the singles and I still really enjoy it. It's a pretty simple song, but it's very pleasant and warm with memorable bass work in the mix. Closing the album is "The Hungry Wolf of Fate" and it is FILTHY! Wow! The riffs and guitar tones are totally face-melting, and the contrast between soft and heavy in this track creates a really satisfying dynamic. Even during the quieter sections, you can feel something brooding bubbling beneath the surface. The song ascends during the final minute with a illegally heavy playout closing out the album.

This album has really blown me away. As I said before, Flying Microtonal Banana has been my favorite King Gizzard album since I first heard it and without a doubt in my mind, I believe this is a very worthy follow-up. It's still too soon to call, but this is already one of my favorite King Gizzard albums. Who knows? Maybe it'll even take the crown... but i'd have to do some revisiting to say something like that for certain. K.G. doesn't tread the same water as FMB, rather it explores different sounds with instrumentation that just happens to be microtonal, and that's its greatest strength. A very comfortable 4 stars!

 Polygondwanaland by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.21 | 79 ratings

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Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars King Gizzards Polygondwanaland to me, is one awesome album and quite notable for a few reasons. For one, I believe it explores new territories with a sweet somewhat ghosty sound as well as production choices that are very uniquely King Gizzard. On the other hand, it's an extremely popular modern progressive rock album (Well.... except on progarchives I suppose). I'm a younger guy and I have a lot of friends who are big into music but not exactly progressive rock outside of the usual culprits of Pink Floyd and King Crimson. However, we share one thing, and it's a love for this album. It's hard to pin down what genre King Gizzard is because they're constantly doing complete genre hops. Listen to Paper Mache Dream Balloon and Infest the Rats Nest. Yep, same band. It's on Polygondwanaland where they strap down and make a full blown prog album, though one could argue Murder of the Universe, Microtonal Banana and Nonagon fit into that genre comfortably (a sentiment I agree with). On Polygondwanaland we're just taken on a trip through twisting polyrhythmic mazes, creative and inspired song writing, and layers upon layers of very tasteful and interesting intertwining instrumentals. I think towards the middle and end it starts to lose a little momentum and sound just a bit "samey," but it's never bad and it really pulls it all back together with the closing track. The opening track Crumbling Castle is just a fantastic piece of music with not a dull moment across its nearly 11 minute runtime. Going from beautifully hypnotic, to menacingly heavy, to straight wall-melting sludge, this is a very dynamic and incredible piece of music that I think every prog fan, new or old, needs to give a listen to. We have mind bending guitar interplay on top of time signature galore, and what also needs to be highlighted are the unique throaty backing (and lead towards the end) vocals used all over this track. The title track is another very memorable tune with a gorgeous atmosphere driven by passionate vocals and acoustic guitars, especially in the final minute. Many of these tracks flow right into one another, tis the case here with The Castle in the Air kicking off straight out of the title track. The intro always brings a smile to my face because I just love this sound and vibe to this album and the little spoken word passage in the first minute is just one of those moments that exemplifies that. The verse kicks in and it's just once again a very unique and offbeat set of instrumentals and vocal deliveries that sounds like music from the future. Though this song is short, there are so many memorable passages within its brief runtime. Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet is a very heavy and driving song in 7/8, once again great. The little synth breakdown towards the end is groovy as hell and in a way it scratches the same itch as the middle of Lunar Sea by Camel, but with much more a modern touch. Inner Cell is another monster of a song with a very dark and stomping feel to the instrumentation also including a very pretty chorus. Filled with strange and unconventional grooves, they manage to always make it feel seamless and never forced at any given moment. My second favorite song on the album. Loyalty/Horology are two tracks I generally consider to be as one both being on the shorter side flowing into one another. Loyalty has these crisp, piercing synths before the band comes together. The final minute of this song is amazing with these daunting vocal melodies and harmonies. Horology has a really cool windy palm muted guitar riff as well as these slick, somewhat breathy and ghosty vocals throughout. Tetrachromacy changes things up a bit with subtle middle eastern tinges, psychedelia and somewhat of a western feel to it on top of some staple elements of the album we're familiar with at this point. Searching is just a brief ambient journey into orbit, sort of like gong with more texture and modern production flourishes. The closing track The Fourth Color is my third favorite track on the album due to a really groovy main riff and general high energy throughout. I love the off the wall nearly acapella vocals towards the 2- minute mark almost channeling Gentle Giant for a moment. However, what they do with these disjunct vocals is just so damn cool, the drop right back into that nasty main riff I mentioned but the vocals keep going on top of it creating a grin-enducing polyrhythm. The song appears to end, but in the final 45 seconds there's a hidden track where they bring back what I think is a motif from Nonagon Infinity, it certainly has that energy. Essentially tying this album into a multi-album concept known as "The Gizzverse." Don't ask me to elaborate because i'm just as lost as you are :D

I can't wait to see what else King Gizzard has in store in the future. Rumor has it their new album should be out towards the end of this year, and allegedly, they have 3 coming in 2021. Who knows? Stranger things have happened, for example: 5 albums in 2017!

7.5/10

 Flying Microtonal Banana by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.27 | 68 ratings

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Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

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.

 Paper Mâché Dream Balloon by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.53 | 36 ratings

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Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The second of the band's two 2015 releases puts on display the acoustic version of the band! Live from the farm!

1. 'Sense' (3:30) I here a little PAUL WELLER in this song--the R&B sensibilities and 'sensible' chorus. A top three song for me. (8.75/10)

2. 'Bone' (2:16) HERMANS HERMITS?! Or KEVIN AYERS or something from the 1960s! Cool! (4.25/5)

3. 'Dirt' (2:50) more airy-fairy early Canterbury sounds and feel (though contemporary band from Devon, MAGIC BUS, was releasing their similarly sounding second album about this time). (4.25/5)

4. 'Paper Mâché Dream Balloon' (2:39) as above. (4/5)

5. 'Trapdoor' (2:38) aside from the gimmicky sounds, this bongo-laden song could've come from the bin of oddball songs released in the 1950s. (4.25/5)

6. 'Cold Cadaver' (2:43) Nothing very special here. (4/5)

7. 'The Bitter Boogie' (4:29) a standard blues boogie with acoustic guitars, harmonica, and reverbed vocals. (8.25/10)

8. 'N.G.R.I. (Bloodstain)' (2:25) Jerry Lee Lewis?! Doesn't work for me. (3/5)

9. 'Time = Fate' (2:26) another vocalist! Over more. By now I'm getting a little tired of the repetitious drum styles. (4/5)

10. 'Time = $$$' (2:04) almost Beatles sounding--mixing Paul's ukulele and Ringo's early drumming beneath John's under-confident singing. Not a great mix. (3.75/5)

11. 'Most of What I Like' (3:17) melodic, luring one in with its laid back feel and sweet vocals. (4.25/10)

12. 'Paper Mâché (2:29) an awesome little early Canterbury-like song'very much in symbiosis with Brit band MAGIC BUS. My favorite song on the album. (4.75/5)

Total Time 33:46

A lot of very brief ditties that are reminiscent of the song lengths and styles of the British pop scene in the 1960s. The drumming often makes me feel as if I'm listening to THE STYLE COUNCIL's Steve Smith, Stu's vocals could be T Rex's MARC BOLAN.

B-/3.5 stars; marked down for its lack of progginess but still an interesting journey back into the 1960s' acoustic psych scene. Try it for yourself!

 Quarters ! by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.96 | 35 ratings

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Quarters !
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars One of only two 2015 album releases from these psychedelic Aussies, Quarters ! shows a much more organized, cohesive, and diversified jam band than before.

1. "The River" (10:10) almost a Dave Brubeck "Take Five" feel to this one! I love the laid back singing and groove--the way Stu sings following his own guitar note-play. The jazzed-up instrumental section set to its Latin rhythm track in the fourth and fifth minutes is awesome! The emptyied-out passage in the sixth minute is a bit unusual, but I suppose it supplies (in the true jazz sense) a decent segue back to the singing motif. Love the "The River" shouts punctuating the back during the eighth minute before the next descent into quietude--and then the SANTANA-like slow jam to close out the song. Nice job! (18.25/20)

2. "Infinite Rise" (10:10) a little too monotonous with its eight minutes of repetitious two-chord guitar-strum-and- vocal cadence and intermittent animal noises. Could've come from a GRATEFUL DEAD concert jam. (15.75/20)

3. "God Is in the Rhythm" (10:10) recorded as if from the early 1960s--British R&B-influenced rock--something like The Pretty Things or The Yardbirds might've done. It's very interesting as a retro-replicant, but not so much for bringing anything new to the 21st Century (though I do like the Jerry Garcia-like guitar work in the choruses and instrumental interludes). (17.5/20)

4. "Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer" (10:10) The vocals of this gently swaying psychedelic music remind me a little bit of ARCADE FIRE or THE ANNUALS; the feel of the music like some of WEST INDIAN GIRL or PERPLEXA's more sedate stuff. A very pleasant, engaging song for the first five minutes. Then a kind of break occurs before we return to a prolonged instrumental section using pretty much the same pace and rhythms as the first half. Definitely a laid back Australian beach song. (17.75/20)

Total Time 40:40

Hard to believe this is the same band that did I'm in Your Mind Fuzz the year before! Though still a little loose in a GRATEFUL DEAD-like jam-tradition, there are some fine construction and instrumental performances here.

B+/four stars; a wonderfully refreshing journey into retro-psych rock and quite an improvement on their previous year's releases. Highly recommended!

 Polygondwanaland by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.21 | 79 ratings

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Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A free album! And one of five releases by the band in 2017! Wow! I like the adventurousness and dedication these free spirits have to music and entertainment (and having fun)!

1. 'Crumbling Castle (10:44) a great groove with catchy melodies. BLACK SABBATH comes to mind. I'm most drawn to listen to the bass: he seems to be trying to fill spaces that no one else is. The multi-track drums and percussion are also fun to try to listen to. Would have liked to see a little more deviation from the original groove'there are a few teasing instances where members or spaces threaten to veer, but then everybody unfailingly returns to center 'at least until the slow-motion final 90 seconds. (17.75/20)

2. 'Polygondwanaland' (3:32) bass and drums open this one--the former playing up close and high on the fretboard. A lot of staccato note play in this one--from all instruments and vocalists--at least, until the mandolin and flute play in the third minute. (8.75/10)

3. 'The Castle In The Air' (2:47) opens with folk rock feel while Leah Senior does her poetry reading. Then shifts into KING CRIMSON-plays bluegrass feel. Interesting interlude! (4.25/5)

4. 'Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet' (3:33) moves the former song into more electric realms while staccato choir singing approach continues--kind of a continuous trip since the start of the second song. Space synths take over in the third minute instrumental section. (8.75/10)

5. 'Inner Cell' (3:55) more delicate instrumental play woven together for support of whispered choral vocals. If one were not a lyric-conscious listener (as I am not), this could get a little monotonous. (8.5/10)

6. 'Loyalty' (3:38) heavy synth arpeggio sequence flanging away while other instruments gradually join in to create a mellow groove for some mellow whispered multi-voiced vocals. A good lyric for toady's blind allegiances to 'party ideals.' (8.5/10)

7. 'Horology' (2:52) with staccato instrumentation, this one sounds like counting time off. More mostly-whispered or talked multi-voice lyrics. The chorus section is almost catchy. (4.25/5)

8. 'Tetrachromacy' (3:30) a slower-paced acoustic guitar-led weave over which choral voices sing their laid back lyric. At 1:15 the singing and drums get more forceful for a chorus. (8.5/10)

9. 'Searching...' (3:03) very eerie synths, glass-like percussives, and hand drums provide the backdrop for some simpler, also-eerie whispered singing (with long, sustained notes!). Definitely sets a mood. (8.75/10)

10. 'The Fourth Colour' (6:12) takes off from the previous song into GONG-like realms of Indian spiritualist chant music. Easily the most lively, complexly constructed song on the album (not to denigrate any of the intricate multi- instrumental weaves before--this one just has different 'sections' as opposed to a total jam feel). (9/10)

Total Time 43:46

B+/four stars; an excellent contribution to the space/psychedelia retro-cartography of progressive rock music.

 I'm in Your Mind Fuzz by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 52 ratings

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I'm in Your Mind Fuzz
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The first of the string of highly acclaimed KG&TLW albums after breaking into the music scene just two years before.

1. "I'm in Your Mind" (3:34) almost a post punk rhythm track over which early-WHO-sounding vocal sings (in a high- pitched male voice.) (8.25/10)

2. "I'm Not in Your Mind" (2:58) quick switch using pretty much the same pace with a slightly altered bass line, stereotypic Egyptian melodies, DICK DALE-like twin guitars set the beach-psychedelic sound for some dueling wailing animal guitars. Interesting. Wish there was a little more variety of pace and punk-like rhythm tracks. (8.25/10)

3. "Cellophane" (3:11) moving without break like a train out of control, the rhythm section charges on as if nothing has changed. Lyrics, singing style, and guitar play have changed. (8.25/10)

4. "I'm in Your Mind Fuzz" (2:52) again, drums and bass flowing straight from the previous song, we re-enter that WHO-like domain of energetic 1960s psychedelic rock. This one, however, has a little more substance and pizzazz riding over the top of the rhythm track. (4.25/5)

5. "Empty (4:11) Finally, a new rhythm track?a whole new sound?with a GEDDY LEE-like voice singing over some hypnotic-yet-swirling psychedelic folk music?with a very uncharacteristic sound and stylistic switch for the last 30 seconds. (8.75/10)

6. "Hot Water" (3:24) opens with a fade in of a steady punk-rock drum beat over which flutes, bass, and vocals disperse their little intricacies. Interesting. (8.75/10)

7. "Am I in Heaven?" (7:06) a little SYD ARTHUR here! Then more to The WHO. This is listenable! And enjoyable! Nice Led Zeppelin-like harmonica play and mandolin interlude in the middle. An extended hard-drivin' instrumental passage is underwhelming but we are rescued at the end by a return to the vocals. (13/15)

8. "Slow Jam 1" (2:55) I couldn't agree more: You need to slow your mind down! Cuz when you do, like on this song, it works?and the band can produce interesting music. A near-rasta/reggae rhythm track is embellished with all kinds of alien space sounds. (4.5/5)

9. "Satan Speeds Up" (3:39) an interesting if familiar and repetitive intro turns mellow for the speed-flanged singing sections but then returns to the intro for the instrumental codas between verses. Flutes and guitars sounding as if they were canned in the 1960s and then the whole master pressed onto a sun-warped vinyl album. It is interesting and kind of innovative! (8.75/10)

10. "Her and I (Slow Jam 2)" (8:15) more experimentation with warping tracks or time elements, there comes a Carlos SANTANA-like guitar play and solo in the instrumental parts?along with the jungle screaming synths?but the drum, bass, and drum rhythm track is very straightforward and simple. There is a shift in the sixth minute to calm before the breakout of the harmonica storm. In the next vocal section, moved up a key or two, there is a very strong DAVID BOWIE-like sound and feel. Interesting. (17.25/20)

Total Time 42:05

Side Two demonstrates the talent, diversity, and potential of this band while Side One is one horrifying display of monotonous brain-smashing adolescent hormones.

B/four stars.

 Flying Microtonal Banana by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.27 | 68 ratings

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Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by bartymj

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 the fore. Somehow it manages to be both fast paced and flat and still sound good.

3. Open Water - really showcasing the drums which keep up the fast pace set by the last two tracks, this time with guitar evoking images of a snake charmer in a bazaar... really ominous mood to this track despite the pace, I really like it!

4. Sleep Drifter - returns to the Krautrock beat and garage style, and another interesting track for the microtonal elements. Vocal style in this track is a little different and the closest thing I can compare it to (brace yourselves prog fans) is Fools Gold by The Stone Roses, in its slightly whispery dis-interested melancholy sound.

5. Billabong Valley - Ambrose Kenny-Smith takes over on vocals for this track, and his style makes this probably the most psychedelic sounding track on the album. This is so Stu can make use of the Zurna, a piercing oboe-like instrument used a lot in central Asia and southeast Europe, and you find yourself transported back to the bazaar as the album slows down a bit

6. Anoxia - Heavy guitar riffs from the start which never let up as the slower section of the album continues.

7. Doom City - Krautrock beat is back but broken up by a far more melancholy sludgy section (hence the track title) and some cleverly distorted harmonica

8. Nuclear Fusion - Starts of with a very catchy bass line. Quite reminiscent of very early Porcupine Tree I think, but with a Zurna.

9. Flying Microtonal Banana - closes with a further showcase of the Zurna which wouldn't be out of place with a troop of belly dancers.

On the whole a very interesting album, and proves that new things can still be done in the wide world of prog and psychedelic. 5 stars from me

 I'm in Your Mind Fuzz by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 52 ratings

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I'm in Your Mind Fuzz
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars I'm In Your Mind Fuzz was the record that really put King Gizzard on the map and in my opinion, it stands as one of the best rock albums of the 2010s. This album is much more in the psychedelic vein, yet it still satisfies the progger in me. Its full of fuzz, distortion, psychedelia, and memorable hooks and melodies. The production is mind blowing to me, the amount of detail, texture and brilliant modern production technique is top notch. It truly captures the essence of a band playing together rather than a bunch of squeaky clean sounding instruments edited together. We open with this continuous and very steady and driving suite of songs opening with "I'm in Your Mind." Immediately i'm fired up as the rhythm section kicks things off bringing us into a nasty riff. We hit the song Cellophane which is one of my favorite tracks with its headbanging playing and nasty harmonica solo. The title track ends this very strong and driving suite and we head into Empty which is just pure psychedelic (with a touch of surf rock) bliss. Hot Water is another great song with an infectious melodic flute-led hook. That closes off side one, off to a great start, but to me side two is near perfect. Am I in Heaven starts off with some nice acoustic playing with some vocals on top of it, however, this is just a false sense of security as the song quickly shifts into a chaotic garage rock esque jam. The song has a beautiful flow covered with just indescribable psychedelic noise, but whatever it is, its good. Slow Jam 1 takes things down a notch into a slower paced stoner vibe with a really nice "feel" to the playing. The album closes with the two best tracks for my money: Satan Speeds Up and Her and I. The former opens with a really filthy low-fi riff which just melts into a beautiful meditative verse. The riff comes back with more "Wah" than I thought humanly possible. Her and I brings back that surf-rock touch with some more vintage psychedelia vibes to it. It's just a trip.

I think this album is a masterpiece. For a fan of 70s prog, this may not be for you as it's more of a modern psychedelic rock album, but I think any music fan can appreciate the production value. For fans of psychedelic rock and neo-psychedelia, its a must. Not long after this release, these guys would explore further into their progressive tendencies and take progressive rock into new and unexplored directions throughout the 2010s, but i'll cover that more in depth in future reviews. This is King Gizzards first earth shattering release to me, and I'm giving it 5 stars without a shadow of a doubt.

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