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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Changes’

Publisher
Independent Release
FFO
Frank Zappa, The Flaming Lips, Baroness, Osees
Release Date
October 28, 2022
Publisher
Independent Release
Genre
Avant Garde/Psychedelic/Blues/Jazz Rock

A new album by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard? Ah, it must be Friday…

Yes, in the realm of things that shouldn’t surprise you one bit, there’s another new release from Australia’s finest purveyors of strangeness and charm; their third this month. Cue inevitable plaudits and appraisal from your not-so-humble reviewer, in a thinly veiled show of adoration…

So, where to start? 23 albums under their belt, despite having been around a year less than, say, Jinjer (4 studio albums). Surely it starts to fade in to one big stream of consciousness now, especially with the freeform, psychedelic nature of the content?

Well, no. This is fundamentally a huge part of why King Gizzard get so much critical appraisal; every album has its quirks, like last release ‘Laminated Denim’ being 2 extended jam sessions cut to exactly 15 minutes each, or 2017’s ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ being formed primarily with frontman Stu Mackenzie’s crazy custom guitar, in all its bright yellow, microtonal-fretted glory. This new effort doesn’t have anything that specific to separate it, although what it lacks in conceptual insanity, it makes up for tenfold in the frenetic sense of never quite settling on one sound that permeates throughout. It slowly weaves its way through the many facets of the band’s back catalogue in a way that leads to moments of “I’ve been listening to this song for 5 minutes and now it sounds nothing like what it did” without much fanfare.

This is, once again, King Gizzard stretching their own boundaries to create something that is somehow still a wonderful listening experience. 

"A band that seem unable to make a weak album"
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