King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard releases four out of five for 2017
Release date: November 17th, 2017
During an interview in November of last year, the garage rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announced that they would be releasing five full-length albums in 2017. The seven-piece Aussie powerhouse has always made audacious projects, far reaching from a musical and technical standpoint, but how would they maintain their high standard quality with so much to do in so little time?
So far, three of these albums have been released over the course of the year. In February, they released the experimental, Flying Microtonal Banana, which showcased front man Stu Mackenzie’s ability to innovate on untested methods. Normal guitars increment in semitones, meaning that the unconventional microtonal guitar used by Stu had an ability to play “notes-between-notes,” and such off-key sounds can be heard on songs like the fan favorite, “Rattlesnake.” Murder of the Universe, released in June, was the second album of the year, featuring a much more distorted and heavy theme. It follows up on a lineage of progressively faster and darker albums, beginning with I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (2014), then Nonagon Infinity (2016), even featuring the same mysterious, decaying castle on their covers. Most recently, in August, they released a jazzy collaboration album with Mild High Club. Now, number four has been released: Polygondwanaland.
The album sucks listeners into a whimsical, elaborate, and meticulously crafted world created by King Giz. Somehow, nearly all their albums are concept albums and none more so than this one, covering themes of discovery, authority, time, and enlightenment as it unfolds and expands into a sprawling psychedelic epic. They have been known for creating stories that unfold over the course of their albums, exemplified by the 2013 spaghetti western narrative/album Eyes Like the Sky. In Polygondwanaland, the ten-minute opener “Crumbling Castle” sets the scene for the album, exploring the creation and future of their new world. As the album progresses, the character challenges the norms set by an oppressive authority and finally breaks through in the closing number “The Fourth Colour.” Sounds similar to how King Giz has been cultivating a unique sound and method that goes against the grain of typical artists and can be attested to by their rising popularity.
Polygondwanaland comes out right before the beginning of the band’s yearly Australian traveling festival, Gizzfest. The festival gives exposure to local Aussie bands and has in the past hosted artists like Pond, The Murlocs, and ORB. Festivalgoers are in luck as King Giz’s famously electric live sets will no-doubt feature songs from this newest immersive album. The The six-syllable new release has not yet been uploaded to Spotify, but King Giz has decided to allow listeners to download it for FREE on their bandcamp!