Release Date: May 12, 2015
Record label: Heavenly
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
My nine-year-old played a magic trick on me this morning. He asked me to think of a four-digit number and tell it to him. He then wrote down a number on a sealed piece of paper and asked me to tell him three more. He then (without doing any calculations) wrote down another number and asked me to open the sealed paper.
On their sixth album, Quarters, the Australian weirdos King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard stretch out their warped psychedelic pop into four songs that each total exactly 10:10 in duration. As usual, they deliver more than enough oddball lyrics, rangy guitar wrangling, and sneaky hooks, only this time they take a very unhurried approach. The long songs unspool like lazy summer afternoons, with the band loafing peacefully in the sunshine.
If, like me, you first came upon King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard thanks to the urgent psych of last year’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz then you'll surely be delighted with the news that they have quickly followed up that brilliant album with another, Quarters so soon. However, don’t expect this record to follow smoothly on from their previous effort – oh no, this is something entirely different. And all the better it is for it.
Australian seven-piece King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have been around for some time, but it wasn’t until last year’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz that their blend of strung-out psychedelic garage rock propelled them toward widespread attention and acclaim. Anyone expecting more of the same from Quarters might be let down, but at least half of the record is a fittingly weird kind of progression. Every release by Gizzard to date has found itself a varying flavour of lo-fi, and Quarters is no exception.
Oz rockers let their hair (further) down. Anyone convinced that the ingestion of mind-altering substances stunts the creative process plainly hasn’t heard these Melbourne oddballs. Swift on the heels of last year’s freakbeat-heavy fifth album, I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, comes its follow-up, Quarters. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads .
There seems to be nothing that can stop Australian psychedelic garage rumbling on through the wilderness, passing the fresh corpses of surf-revival and afropop as it mindlessly motors towards fresh pastures of druggy fuzz and fuzzy drugs. The slowly shifting sands of the Oceanic music scene have proved to be a fertile ground for both the bizarre and the thunderous: the legacy of AC/DC and Wolfmother informing the unique incarnation of stoner rock masterminded by Kevin Parker and expanded on by Pond, Courtney Bartnett and The Laurels. But if there was one band that could sum up the sheer freewheeling joy of the genre, it would have to be the peerlessly titled King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.