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They're at it again. The Melbourne-based seven piece have released five records this year...a work rate that makes Robert Pollard look like Kevin Shields. Lots of music, then, but is it any good? Of course it is. An album of jazz and groove laden gems to finish off perfectly a very busy year for this increasingly popular band.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 29 November 2017
Another one. There’s rarely a week in which King Gizzard aren’t flexing a new record, and this happens to be their fifth of the year -- can someone do a count for how many riffs per annum that is? The Ozzie psych crew dropped ‘Polygondwanaland’ not a week ago, sharing it as a seasonal gift to their ever-merry fanbase. It makes a nice change from their recent ventures into mind-numbing prog repetition, offering change-ups a plenty and lots of guitar bait ‘n’ switch.
After the tight but actually extremely loose ten minute opener, the band turn their cartoon attention to shorter and more melodically straightforward bubblegumming. The guitar lines and vocal lines trace each other like old friends doing a secret handshake, making for a record that’s constantly driving a hook home. Stray moments make songs stand out -- an acoustic strum worms its way into the corner of the title track, while a chiming piano accident announces the endless hard rock riffology of “Desert Dunes Welcome Weary Feet”. King Gizzard love to add little flourishes to songs that generally have one trick doled out by an ensemble dedicated to it.
It’s the best one of the year I think, for Gizzard: compact but not in a way that sacrifices the fun, the record focuses on the poppier element of their sound in a way I haven’t heard snce the wonderful ‘Quarters’. At long last they sound like they want to use their grooves to reward their audience’s attention rather than take it to Bowser’s castle and stow it away there.
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