KING GIZZARD and the LIZARD WIZARD – ” Butterfly 3000 “

Posted: July 13, 2021 in MUSIC

Arguably the most prolific group of our time, “Butterfly 3000” is the Australian collective’s first release on their own KGLW label, their second album of 2021 and there is guaranteed to be more and their 18th record overall, in under a decade. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard morphs with each release, just enough to keep things unexpected, but not so much as to entirely alienate their fans.

With Butterfly 3000, this change is marked mainly in the form of synthesizers at the forefront and the very occasional signature fuzzy guitars in the background. This gives the psych-rock sound the group is known for a decidedly Kraftwerk-esque dance-pop flavour, one with cheerful synth lines, a version of the electronic music icons before they replaced the drumming of Neu!’s Klaus Dinger with a machine. The 10 compositions of Butterfly 3000 work together as a whole, interlocking with each other through synth loops and feathery, dreamy vocals. With Butterfly, King Gizzard is less of an experimental prog-jam band standout and more in step with its synth-rock contemporaries—and they fit in just fine.

Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have shared a new music video for the track “Blue Morpho,” off their most recent LP, Butterfly 3000.

Butterfly 3000 finds them exploring pop styles within their established psych sound. One of the highlights is “Interior People,” that might be their catchiest, most immediate song to date. The band’s Joey Walker says it’s “about the internal battle of questioning your own sanity, and the joy that comes in letting go and surrendering to the void.”

They’ve now released an eye-popping animated video for “Interior People” which was directed by Ivan Dixon and pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, French artist Moebius and animated film Heavy Metal. “The only direction from the band was to include butterflies, to tie in with the album name Butterfly 3000,” says Dixon. “When I listened to ‘Interior People,’ I immediately pictured something with momentum, like a wild road trip.

That’s where the idea of the protagonist riding a giant butterfly came from. The title made me think of cocoons. Maybe our hero was trying to find a cocoon to metamorphose into a butterfly herself? Little moments of affection between her and her butterfly could hint at a deeper bond between them. Were they lovers? With the cocoon I really wanted to design the kind of thing you would find in a typical Australian garden as a kid. The ones with little sticks poking out of them. I’ve never seen those particular cocoons represented anywhere before.”

Butterfly 3000” is the band’s 18th album, and second to be released in 2021.

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