For their new record, titled Paper Maché Dream, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have cast aside the electricity that previously drove their massive psych-rock tracks. Instead, they present a suite of acoustic numbers, still thoroughly psychedelic but this time more reminiscent of a 70’s children’s TV show theme than a blasted jam. A nice change, on Heavenly.
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I spent at least five minutes yesterday thinking about why and how Seals and Crofts ‘Summer Breeze’ is so damn good. Try this one over the Isley Brothers hit. If you do that then want something just as laid back and chill check out this King Gizzard record.
Did I miss a memo or something? Last time I looked King Gizzard were gritty Wytches style psych rockers, now they are fucking great '60's pop strummers. My ears had already pricked at large portions of their previous ‘Quarters’ but this is even more enjoyable. The opening one/two of ‘Sense’ and ‘Bone’ are both completely brilliant in totally different ways. I imagine this is the music that Paul Weller thinks he’s making. It’s breezy acoustic psych pop that sounds like someone has finally had enough and finally created their own B side to ‘Da Capo’.
There are so many tuneful treats in the first three songs I don’t know where to start. Ok ‘Sense’ is an impossibly laid back Seal and Crofts/Curtis Mayfield ballad, ‘Bone’ is charming Zombies like pop with acres of flute, ‘Dirt’ digs up the tuneful Arthur Lee for your listening pleasure via some melody Elliott Smith deemed too good. It’s almost stupidly catchy and almost silly in places ‘Trapdoor’ is like Lemon Jelly re-interpreting the Loving Spoonful.
My only criticism so far is that this is too happy yet when song after song are so brilliantly catchy I have to stop wanting to miserable all the time and just embrace it. Still, it is it times rather over saccharine. Later on things change just a smidge….’The Bitter Boogie’ sounds like a pint sized T Rex, whilst ‘Most of What I Like’ is not the first song on the album to sound like one of Derek Griffiths compositions for Bod or Playschool.
It’s like eating a whole thing of chews in one go and if I hear another clattery compressed drum fill I’m going to have to hit someone. But by God this is tuneful. How can I not love it?
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