In 2010, Peter Gabriel shared a theory that many artists have held since time immemorial: "Happy music that is genuinely joyful is probably the hardest music to write. " That same year, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard embarked on a journey of building a self-contained universe of demented prog and acid-fried freak-outs. It might be realms apart from "Solsbury Hill" and much of their own catalog, but the dreamy ease of Butterfly 3000 makes the Gabrielian promised land of "happy music" seem close at hand.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aren't really a psychedelic rock band. It's a useful, off-hand label for a group that's so genre averse they wrap each album in a new songwriting gimmick, but the raw garage-psych of their early years is firmly over. Their latest release, 'Butterfly 3000', is both the closest and furthest they've come to returning to these roots, as they submerge themselves in the breathy vocals of dream pop.