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Australian experimentalists King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard was arguably 2017’s most prolific band, releasing five full albums over the course of the year. There was the mind-melt Flying Microtonal Banana; the cyborg-narrated sci-fi trip Murder of the Universe; the yacht-rock/Brit-folk/jazz-fusion collab with Mild High Club, Sketches of Brunswick East; the psych-prog beast let loose for free use, Polygondwanaland; and now the groovy finale, Gumboot Soup, released just under the wire on December 31.

Even more impressive is the vast array of killer songs tucked among this quintet of curiosities. One of our favorites is Polygondwanaland’s final track, “The Fourth Colour,” a meandering yet propulsive groove built on dizzying, circular riffs, feverish drum fills, and a trippy vocal technique called hocketing, in which multiple vocalists sing alternating syllables.

“The Fourth Colour” itself refers to the phenomenon of tetrachromacy. The rare tetrachromat possesses four (instead of three) types of cone cells in the eye, meaning they have the ability to see millions of more colors than the average human. It’s perhaps the essence of psychedelia as we visually interpret it. For the band, it’s a gateway to divinity: “Third eye is free/I am not body/Tetrachromacy,” they chant, before their final words reveal all: “Now I am a god.” At this revelation, the instruments dissolve into a deep-space drone before resurfacing for one final bout of psych-rock delirium.

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Fifth album of 2017 and it’s still this amazing. These songs were too good for the albums they were supposed to be on so instead we get a singles collection.

To many it may seem like an impossible task, but for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, the notion of releasing five albums in a year is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact, while some were doubting the band’s plan would come to fruition, the group left it until the last day of the year to prove the doubters wrong, releasing Gumboot Soup overnight.

Following the four albums released this year, including Microtonal Banana, Murder Of The Universe, Sketches Of Brunswick East, and Polygondwanaland, the band had already released a major stack of music,

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Near the end of last year, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard promised they’d release five albums by the end of 2017. As we creep closer to the end of this year, the Aussie psych outfit have thus far shared three: Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, and Sketches of Brunswick East (with Mild High Club). They’ll bring the tally up to four this week with the release of their latest full-length effort, Polygondwanaland.

Lead single ‘Crumbling Castle‘ opens the immersively brilliant POLYGONDWANALAND. It’s a mystical, slow-building psych-blues epic. The song sets a fine precedent for an album that listens like a cleverly constructed amalgamation other King Gizzard releases. The 60’s pop relaxation of 2015’s Paper Mache Dream Balloonthe jazzy time signatures of 2017’s Sketches of Brunswick Eastthe trackless rhythmic relentlessness of 2016’s Nonagon Infinitythe microtonal, ancient conjurings of (also) 2017’s Flying Microtonal Bananaand the lyrical stories and themes so strongly present in (also, also) 2017’s Murder of the UniverseThese guys have so richly explored and stretched the boundaries of their own musical and thematic universe that it’s nearly impossible for all their new stuff not to be entirely self-referential. King Gizzard can only sound like King Gizzard, and that’s a really, really awesome thing.

The album’s eponymous second track cruises upliftingly along on the burbling surface that is Gizz’s ever-deepening rivers of intertwining concept-driven song themes and stories. It opens in to the mouth of a swirling ocean, pulsing synth and clever guitar picking that spreads itself across the expansive and catchy ‘The Castle in The Air‘ and ‘Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet‘. These back-to-back tracks will swallow you up in them. Gizzard front man Stu Mackenzie delivers slightly tense, staccato vocals over a somber bass and synth combination.

A hugely 80’s synth warble that’d be at home in the middle of the Stranger Things intro opens ‘Loyalty‘ and ‘Horology‘; a back-to-back psych trip that skips along with whimsical aplomb. Mackenzie unleashes the exceptionally capable flautist within him, making sure Gizz’s trademark of deft musical ability.

Lucas Skinner’s trademark bass wanderings really come to the jazzy surface, then guitarist Joey does some more Mongolian throat singing, then there’s what I believe is a sitar for a bit, and then ‘Tetrachromacy‘ seamlessly begins, Eric and Michael begin to really warm up on the drums, and we change gears once more… goodness gracious. Always on the hunt for new horizons both thematically and musically, Gizz employ that desire and curiosity here more so than any other track on POLYGONDWANALAND. We get our first – and very minimal – taste of Ambrose Smith’s mouth organ skills, dashes of cross-album hook repetition and recycling, more glass/ tubular bells, a lyrical querying of undiscovered colours near blue, flute throughout, and some seriously swift rolls and fills from the beguilingly synchronized actions of dual-percussionists Michael Cavanagh and Eric Moore (who also runs Flightless Records while seamlessly doing tandem drumming across some seriously complicated musical structures .

The album expansively closes with the hypnotic and polysyllabic wanderings of ‘Searching‘; heavily 60’s stoner psych journey in to introspection, and finally ‘The Fourth Colour‘; a staggeringly large and complicated song that both drifts and turns corners.  It’s a rollicking album closer.  Just put POLYGONDWANALAND on repeat and keep discovering.

If King Gizzard and the Lizard didn’t release another LP for a decade, their musical output within this year alone would still eclipse most (if not all) multi-millionaire, studio-backed, advertising-funded, marketing-think-tanked pop-star’s album releases by a wide margin. And they did it in their own houses, with their own equipment, under their own record label, while touring the world to sold out shows, running their own music festival, making half a dozen film clips, and personally sending you the merch and records from each release to save on overheads.

Tracklist:

0:00 – Crumbling Castle 10:44 – Polygondwanaland 14:16 – The Castle In The Air 17:04 – Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet 20:38 – Inner Cell 24:35 – Loyalty 28:13 – Horology 31:06 – Tetrachromacy 34:36 – Searching… 37:40 – The Fourth Colour

Sketches Of Brunswick East is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard 3rd album of five in 2017 and a collaboration with LA’s Mild High Club. Just when you think you have King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard sussed they throw a curveball – in the wake of two albums released in 2017 already, including most recently the dystopian end-times concept album Murder Of The Universe, which tackled in no uncertain terms the rise of robots and the downfall of mankind, comes Sketches Of Brunswick Eastan entirely altered beast. Australia’s finest and most productive rock band have done this before, of course: while the world was still reeling from their 2014 breakthrough psych-punk masterpiece I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (2014) they casually released 2015’s expectation-confounding Paper Mache Dream Balloon (2015), a pastoral, sun-drenched acid-folk album. Sketches Of Brunswick East is a collaboration between King Gizzard and Mild High Club, the Los Angeles based tripster troupe signed to Stones Throw Records and led by Alex Brettin – the two bands formed a strong friendship touring together throughout the USA, Europe, and Australia. Recorded at the band’s own Flightless HQ in East Brunswick, Melbourne Australia earlier this year and mixed at Stones Throw studios in L.A. it’s the third of five projected albums to be released in 2017.

its their 11th studio album, released August 18th, 2017.

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Those prolific Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have shared a new ten-minute track ‘Crumbling Castle‘.

Having already released three albums in this year, the newest track looks set to be appearing on upcoming album which is rumoured to be titled Polygondwanaland. 

At the start of the year the band made a promise to put out five new albums inside the calendar and, after Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, and Sketches of Brunswick East it looks like they’re on track. The new song – all ten minutes of it – is accompanied by a video directed by artist Jason Galea .

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One of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s most notable successes was the record Nonagon Infinity. Released over a year ago, it was the group’s eighth record, and since its release, the band have somehow managed to find time to release two more records,

With the release of their second album of the year “Murder of the Universe” it seems King Gizzard are already getting nostalgic as they travel back to the heady days of “Nonagon Infinity” for their latest video as they give ‘Invisible Face’ a brand new clip.

A combination of live action segments with the kind of animation which best befits an 80’s children’s TV show, and is therefore fucking incredible, makes this video one of the better ones floating around this week.

Jason Galaea and Joel Melrose are behind the brilliant visuals which also keep the coloured robes which have started to appear around the King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard camp and also befits another children’s TV show by the name of; Power Rangers. And when you think about it, is there another band you could see fighting and defeating someone named Lord Zedd?.

The clip has all you need snakes, dark landscapes, jet planes falling form the sky, the whole shebang, really. So sit back, get psyched and watch this brilliant video for ‘Invisible Face’.

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A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. ‘Murder Of The Universe’ is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man, the death of the planet, the murder of the whole universe.

“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely Apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”

Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, ‘Murder Of The Universe’ inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. It may take years for its true importance to be appreciated.

The Australian psychedelic rock band make their worldwide television debut on CONAN.

Australian psychedelic-rock squad King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are getting ready to murder the universe with their new LP “Murder Of The Universe” the second of an absurd quantity of five albums that they plan on releasing this year. It’s a sprawling, nigh-incomprehensible 21-track concept album about the apocalypse or something, and they’re sharing it in three 13-minute chunks that they’re referring to as “chapters.” The first was “Han Tyumi and The Murder Of The Universe” and now they’ve shared a new chapter called “The Lord Of Lightning Vs Balrog,” which includes “The Lord Of Lightning,” the track that they performed on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien Show, last month. The whole thing comes with a massive video directed — sorry, created  by frequent collaborator Jason Galea and Ben Jones, which finds the band performing in the middle of the woods while some freaky druidic ritual takes place. Experience that below.

The Tale of the Altered Beast
1. A New World
2. Altered Beast I
3. Alter Me I
4. Altered Beast II
5. Alter Me II
6. Altered Beast III
7. Alter Me III
8. Altered Beast IV
9. Life / Death

The Lord of Lightning Vs. Balrog
1. Some Context
2. The Reticent Raconteur
3. The Lord of Lightning
4. The Balrog
5. The Floating Fire
6. The Acrid Corpse

Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe
1. Welcome to an Altered Future
2. Digital Black
3. Han-Tyumi, The Confused Cyborg
4. Soy-Protein Munt Machine
5. Vomit Coffin
6. Murder of the Universe

Watch King Gizzard shred in their US TV debut

Melbourne’s mighty King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard made their US TV debut last night as musical guests on Conan.

Though they’re currently touring the US behind February’s the release of their album “Flying Microtonal Banana”, the Gizzards treated the viewing audience to ‘Lord of Lightning’, one of the 21 tracks featured on their next release of this year and their 10th album “Murder Of The Universe” .

Conan, who was impressed by the band Middle Kids earlier this year , seemed suitably thrilled by King Gizzard’s seven-man strong shred storm. And you can tell he just relished announcing the band’s name on air.

After crushing Coachella over the weekend, King Gizzard are squeezing in a couple headline shows before heading back to the desert for the second weekend of the Californian festival. They’ll be touring the UK and Europe in June in the lead-up to releasing “Murder Of The Universe” (out 23 June).

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have promised at least four albums this year, and the band seem to be right on target.

They have announced on Facebook their next album will be titled “Murder Of The Universe” and will be out on June 23rd, with pre-orders kicking off this Wednesday. The band presented the track on youtube “Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe (ATO/Flightless), which they described as a ‘Chapter’ of their next thing. In the great prog and psychedelic traditions, it’s your standard dystopian vision of the future with guitar wigouts, rolls of Deep Purple organ, with occasional outbreaks of spoken word, apparently from the viewpoint of the ‘confused cyborg’ of the title, adding a touch of Hitchhikers’ Guide to it. With me so far? Well done you. It’s The Flaming Lips on different drugs.

The album will mark the band’s tenth album after their ninth Microtonal Banana.  Here’s hoping the guys will round out this financial year with a chart-topper.