King Gizzard return hot off the heels of their very overtly, if exceedingly awkwardly titled record I'm In Your Mind Fuzz. Quarters offers more of the same listless, meandering psych rock from the masters of the much travelled genre, with four songs that hit ten minutes and ten seconds apiece. Ah, to make psych rock and love symmetry. What a life.
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Clint’s insistent belief that psych rock is the greatest genre of all time and that we must protect it at all costs became suspect to me long ago, and the final nail in the coffin probably came when I saw King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard name their last record ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, a terribly on-the-nose phrase that’s pretty much the opposite of a post-rock song title. Alas, though, the bands keep coming back to the psych stomping ground, and I secretly think of King Gizzard as something of a treasure; ‘Quarters’ is certainly one of the most jubilant records you’ll hear in a long time, so hold on to it.
The deal for new record ‘Quarters’ is that you assume it’s an EP until it goes on for forty minutes and it isn’t written by Sufjan Stevens -- a cunning plot twist. In actuality, the record weaves four ten minute songs in and out of splendourful jams, knotty riffing and bubblegum singsong. Even compared to their last full-length, this is sugar for the ears, “The River” tidying up its more fanciful soloing with elegiac choruses that shine down bright lights in the form of vocal refrains. Slow jam “Infinite Rise” may tinker with guitar tones and rigid rhythms, but it’s the most proper song of this band’s lifespan, rollicking through bars slowly while letting the percussion gently erupt.
“God Is In The Rhythm” sounds like if psych was being played at a romcom prom, strangely echoing “Earth Angel” with a sweet, head-leaning chord sequence and a secure rhythm. There are shades of Jacco Gardner with a production that feels distanced but comforting. And that’s what ‘Quarters’ is -- a surprising comfort. There’s a sunshine to these songs, but not the fluorescence you’d expect -- it’s a kind of psych you’d listen to for warmth and sustenance on a rainy day. Fuck it -- I’m giving a psych album a 9, and you’re all just going to have to deal.
9/10 Sean Customer review, 14th June 2015
A nice mix of psychedelic T. Rex, Syd Barrett, Grateful Dead and some long form jamming. All songs are 10 minutes and 10 seconds long but they all vary stylistically. My favorite track is The River, with an upbeat tempo and poly-rhythmic percussion it opens the album up nicely. Infinite Rise and God is in the Rhythm are nice lazy surreal songs that flex the druggy spaced-out music making skills. Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer closes out the record with a amalgam of each of the previous songs. The LP is packed with music, considering it's running time, and each side flows very well between the songs. Definitely recommend this for any druggy psychedelic / jammy-rock fans.
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