KING GIZZARD & The LIZARD WIZARD – ” Butterfly 3000 “

Posted: June 7, 2021 in MUSIC
King Gizzard  The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their new album “Butterfly 3000”. Their second studio LP of 2021 following March’s “L.W” is due out June 11th via the band’s own KGLW label. .  “Butterfly 3000” which they just dropped without sharing any pre-release music, at first seems to be their biggest left turn yet, driving straight into festival friendly indiepop. Every song is in a major key, guitar riffage takes a backseat to bright synthesizer arpeggiations, tempos slow to optimal mass-arm-waving speeds, and choruses are bigger and more immediate.

Because it’s been almost three months since they released a new album, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced they’ll be back with Butterfly 3000.  It’ll be their 18th album and according to the press release it’s a suite of 10 songs that “all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers” before being fleshed out and transformed by the six-piece band. The band describe this one as “melodic + psychedelic.”

Apart from announcing that it’s coming, the band are not playing the usual promo game of releasing a bunch of tracks before the release date, instead just letting the whole thing drop on 6/11. They’re not even sharing the album art (which is a autostereogram designed by regular collaborator Jason Galea) or the song titles, just listing question marks by the track numbers.

For Butterfly 3000, the band has chosen to forgo an advance single, artwork, or track list, revealing only the number of songs (10), that the record was built around modular synth loops, and that the cover will feature a “cross-eyed autostereogram” by long-time collaborator Jason Galea.

“Butterfly 3000” might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of 10 songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop by the six-piece. The album sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve ever done before, and thoroughly, unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly the most accessible and jubilant album of their career.” Says bassist Lucas Harwood: “We are all so pumped to release this, and of course for y’all to hear it. I think it’ll be a divisive record among fans — but healthy debate is a good thing.

For me, it really feels like a distilling of all of our various influences and musical personalities — reaching for places we haven’t reached for before and having confidence in sparsity — every part is considered, important and confident. I think we’re throwing away our youthful tropes of adding layers and layers of sound. That’s fun and will always hold a place within Gizzard, but this record is different. It’s probably the most positive Gizzard record too — almost completely in major keys! It feels good to release something so uplifting in such a gloomy, pessimistic global landscape at the moment.”

Recorded by King Gizz in the year 3021

All song mixed by Stu Mackenzie 

Butterfly 3000 is out June 11th

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