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Alternative & Indie - Released March 7, 2014 | Flightless Records


Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2014 | Flightless Records

Arriving just eight months after the amiable Aussie psych-rockers' Oddments LP, I'm in Your Mind Fuzz finds King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard doing what they do best: Simultaneously assembling and dissembling semi-epic blasts of early Flaming Lips, 13th Floor Elevators, the High Strung, Thee Oh Sees, and Dungen-esque space/psych rock and having a great time while doing so. Opener "I'm in Your Mind" is a churning, Krautrock-inspired, largely stream of consciousness-driven road anthem that takes up the first half of the album (the ensuing "I'm Not in your Mind," "Cellophane," and "I'm in Your Mind Fuzz" are mere mile markers), and it serves as an excellent litmus test for listeners wondering how far into the fuzzy, fidelity-challenged, multi-colored waters they're willing to wade. The back half of the record is a tad more diverse, with highlights arriving via the loopy, beatnik-blasted "Hot Water," the epic pop posturing of "Her and I (Slow Jam 2)," and the fractured "Satan Speed Up," the latter of which sounds like a lo-fi amalgamation of Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" and anything off of MGMT's Congratulations. The band's overall distaste for sound quality will probably put some listeners off, as much of the record sounds like it was recorded in real time on an old Tascam four-track in somebody's basement, but King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard possess enough pop acumen and oddball charm to lure even the most unsuspecting psych-rock fan downstairs for a taste. Whether or not they'll stay for dinner is open for debate. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2018 | Flightless Records

Like the rest of their albums released in 2017, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard's fourth album of the year has a gimmick. This time it's not musical, though. The stunt here is that it's the world's first public domain album, given away free by the band and legal to sell by anyone who feels like pressing it up. After an album made with microtonal instruments, a synth prog epic, and a trip-hop jazz collaboration with Mild High Club, Polygondwanaland sounds like a consolidation of everything the band has done up until now, chewed up and spit back put in large and small chunks of psychedelic rock. The first song alone, the ten-minute-long "Crumbling Castle," employs microtonal guitars, layers in synths, sounds like space prog, has laid back jazz interludes and heavy metal breakdowns, and delivers all the trippy punch of their early work. After all the experiments and tricks, it almost sounds like the band is playing it safe, even if the song is a rampaging ball of barely controlled energy. They really aren't, though. Instead, they are delivering a record that plays to their strengths as songwriters and musicians instead of distracting people with some flashy idea. It's straight -- or as straight as possible -- King Gizzard, and at this stage of their career, that's a welcome development. Hearing them incorporate all the different sonic flourishes they've employed in the past in pursuit of good songs and not some higher concept means the album may slip past unnoticed, but it will sound great to anyone not scared off by the lack of theatrics. Tracks like the spookily restrained "Searching," the rampaging "The Fourth Colour," the tribal "The Castle in the Air," or the thrumming title track are the work of a band in full command of their process and results. Their fourth album of 2017 may not be their most exciting of the year, but it is their strongest and shows that King Gizzard don't need any bells and whistles to make a great psychedelic splash. © Tim Sendra /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released June 23, 2017 | Flightless Records

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Like their American counterparts Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall or even (the late) Jay Reatard, the Australian band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard record discs like others buy coffee or drinks… The result is a psychedelic garage mix headed by Stuart McKenzie, who has already ten or so albums under his belt in barely seven years of his band’s existence! Divided in three chapters (let’s take a breath: The Tale Of The Altered Beast, The Lord Of Lightning Vs. Balrog and Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe), Murder Of The Universe is the perfect snapshot of their crazy rock’n’roll and uncontrollable eclectism, all wrapped-up in a concept album blending Apocalypse, Heroic Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Everything’s there, you name it! Garage rock of course, often psychedelic, and eventually hypnotic like krautrock, cataclysmic like metal and sometimes chatty like prog rock… Even if this kind of electric orgy takes on a whole new dimension on stage, we cannot deny that this release of the summer of 2017 may also be enjoyed at home, on your sofa, preferably under the light of a lava lamp… © MD/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2015 | Flightless Records


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