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Alternative & Indie - Released June 11, 2021 | KGLW (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)

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This is a new mutation of King Gizzard! The ten tracks on Butterfly 3000 see Stu McKenzie and his team develop their cryptic language. Against a dazzling concept-album background whose tracks run into one another, forming a whole, this 18th album goes in for psychedelic modular experiments, like the sublime synth progression on Blue Morpho with its kaleidoscopic chorus or Yours, which introduces the over-powered rhythm section. Stu's Passion Pit-style lead vocals flood these ten compact tracks, each one just under the six-minute mark. The result is a new journey into his overflowing musical imagination. As ever, there are many influences at work here. The oriental strings on Interior People evoke an 80s synthpop which is perfect for live performances; the influence of Tame Impala and MGMT has never been more prominent (Catching Smoke, Ya Love);  later we find the simple keyboard sounds of Japanese videogames (Dreams), while the progressive stylings of Hawkwind offer a backdrop.Butterfly 3000 is the first remnant of modular synthetic loops which the artist began in 2019, while writing the film-concert Chunky Shrapnel, whose release was thrown into disarray in early March 2020 by the pandemic. The piece was then reworked amid the gloom of lockdown. So while the distortions of Black Hot Soup immerse the work in drama, the climax of the album, 2.02 Killer Year and the voice of Ambrose Kenny-Smith brings closure to a record that is bursting with hope "Hope you can see the beauty within the grim world's ugly mess", a rare mood for KGLW. This is a successful, if facetious, tour de force for the audacious Australians, in which the electric gives way to the synthetic. © Charlotte Saintoin / Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 16, 2019 | Flightless Records

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Prolific is the word. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are out with their 15th studio album in 9 years of existence (!): 34 minutes of pedal-to-the-floor heavy metal, set to a climate apocalypse sci-fi storyline. “There is no Planet B!” is Stu Mackenzie’s message. The Mad Max-ish vibe, fueled by thrash guitars and a supercharged rhythm section, is a strong contrast to the timid blues-rock-boogie on Fishing For Fishies, released barely 4 months earlier. The key to this 180° turn is a lighter team: the album was recorded with 3 musicians instead of 7. Mackenzie’s vocals are absolutely possessed; he played guitar and bass in tandem with Joey Walker. Michael Cavanaugh is the unrelenting piston behind the drum kit. The references on the record are many: Slayer, Kreator, Sodom – 80s thrash metal legends are a large source of inspiration. The fire and fury of Self Immolate is punctuated by the story of a spaceship dweller who commits suicide by throwing himself into Venus’ atmosphere; these thought-provoking statements about climate change reach their high point on Hell: we are the architects of our own demise. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 26, 2019 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 31, 2014 | Flightless Records

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

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 15, 2013 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 11, 2021 | KGLW (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)

This is a new mutation of King Gizzard! The ten tracks on Butterfly 3000 see Stu McKenzie and his team develop their cryptic language. Against a dazzling concept-album background whose tracks run into one another, forming a whole, this 18th album goes in for psychedelic modular experiments, like the sublime synth progression on Blue Morpho with its kaleidoscopic chorus or Yours, which introduces the over-powered rhythm section. Stu's Passion Pit-style lead vocals flood these ten compact tracks, each one just under the six-minute mark. The result is a new journey into his overflowing musical imagination. As ever, there are many influences at work here. The oriental strings on Interior People evoke an 80s synthpop which is perfect for live performances; the influence of Tame Impala and MGMT has never been more prominent (Catching Smoke, Ya Love);  later we find the simple keyboard sounds of Japanese videogames (Dreams), while the progressive stylings of Hawkwind offer a backdrop.Butterfly 3000 is the first remnant of modular synthetic loops which the artist began in 2019, while writing the film-concert Chunky Shrapnel, whose release was thrown into disarray in early March 2020 by the pandemic. The piece was then reworked amid the gloom of lockdown. So while the distortions of Black Hot Soup immerse the work in drama, the climax of the album, 2.02 Killer Year and the voice of Ambrose Kenny-Smith brings closure to a record that is bursting with hope "Hope you can see the beauty within the grim world's ugly mess", a rare mood for KGLW. This is a successful, if facetious, tour de force for the audacious Australians, in which the electric gives way to the synthetic. © Charlotte Saintoin / Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 21, 2011 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 25, 2021 | Flightless Records

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While in lockdown, the dudes in King Gizzard spent their time recording songs. No shock there since that's just about all they seem to do given the prodigious output. In fact, they made enough for two albums. Delving back into their experiments with microtonal tunings and covering some of the new ground they've explored since the release of their first excursion, 2017's Flying Microtonal Banana, K.G. was released in late 2020. While it was reliably Gizzard-y, the record didn't break much new ground and came uncomfortably close to sounding like a retread. That fact didn't bode well for the second installment culled from those lockdown sessions, but 2021's L.W. somehow succeeds in ways that K.G. didn't. Maybe it's simply that the band might have saved the better songs for this record. Almost everything here sounds like they are firing on all cylinders; whether it's the rambling road-trip rock of "East West Link," the funky clavinet jam "If Not Now, Then When?," boogie rock-adjacent "Ataraxia," or 100 mph psychedelic blowout "See Me," the band come across with more vigor and verve than they did on K.G. Even when they slow things down, like on the evil-sounding swamp rocker "O.N.E." or the medieval metal ballad "Pleura," they sound tightly wound and fierce, instead of borderline lethargic. Even the songs that sound a little more familiar than maybe they should -- "Static Electricity," for one -- have enough sparking energy to carry them across the finish line in fine style. Add in the thundering, slow-motion metal blowout that ends the album ("K.G.L.W."), and the result is one of the band's best, most engaging records. It's not just a follow-up to their first mildly disappointing venture, it's a bracing reminder of just how thrilling King Gizzard can be at their peak. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 7, 2012 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 19, 2017 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 20, 2020 | Flightless Records

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Over a ten-year span spent releasing an album every few weeks (or so it seemed) King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard never repeated themselves, always pushing forward and trying new things whether it was lengthy jazz excursions, gloom-and-doom synth prog, or thundering thrash metal. That changed some on 2020's K.G., where the band revisit the approach used on Flying Microtonal Banana, the group's 2017 album built around the avant-garde sounds of their custom-made guitars and altered instruments. Stuck in their various homes during the global pandemic, the band gravitated toward the unique instruments and built a batch of songs using their non-Western tunings and tones. Unlike that album, though, where that almost felt like a (mostly successful) gimmick, this time the guitars are more fully integrated into the songs. "Automation" and "Some of Us" kick and twist like classic King Gizzard-style psychedelic rockers, the acoustic guitars of "Straws in the Winds" have a snarling bite that matches the evil sneer of the vocals and sentiment of the lyrics, "Oddlife"'s guitar solos are pure prog, and "The Hungry Wolf of Fate" revisits the blown-out metal attack of their most recent studio LP with a nice mix of restraint and explosive power. Even though much of the record transverses familiar sonic territory, the band still find some room for surprises. The acid house synths percolating behind the wall of guitars on "Minimum Brain Size" are a nice touch; the group work up a sweaty groove on "Ontolgy" and in the process sound something like Talking Heads butting heads with Kid Creole & the Coconuts; and in the album's only real shocker, they drop some bubbly Madchester grooves on "Intrasport." The sound is so slinky and giddily elastic, it makes one wonder what a full album of King Gizzard songs made for dancing would be like. Judging from this, and the band's track record, probably pretty great. Apart from this one song, King Gizzard don't break much new ground on K.G., and while that in itself might be something of a letdown, the result is still quite pleasing. Listening to them tread a little bit of water is still better than listening to the fresh ideas of 99.9 percent of other groups, especially when it's done with the energy and passion the band exhibit here. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 13, 2015 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 20, 2020 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 29, 2016 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2017 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 31, 2017 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 24, 2017 | Flightless Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2020 | Flightless Records

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

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