Clogging up pressing plants everywhere once again are King Gizzard. Their last one came on so many formats that we almost had a nervous breakdown so we are pleased that this comes on just two. Orange vinyl or CD. Simples. Expect more enthusiastically diverse psych rock from the band who never know when to stop.
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“I am the Lizard Queen!”, Lisa Simpson once exclaimed, but until now we never knew who the Lizard Wizard was. A mystery as old as time has now been solved: in a shocking coincidence, he too is a monarch. King Gizzard and/AKA the Lizard Wizard, is several people combining like the Power Rangers into one cohesive person who likes bubblegum psychedelia. Their super power enables them to release ten thousand albums a second. This is the most recent one.
All fun and silly, ‘Gumboot Soup’ sees them relaxing a bit, doing away with the prog-metal theatrics recently dabbled in for the sake of a nice, soft rockin’ time. Flutes, to accompany your lunchtime: they’re on the extremely breezy “Beginner’s Luck”. Floating basslines and repetitive cartoon anthem vibes fill up “Barefoot Desert” with glee. There’s a song called “Superposition” that uses vocal processing as if it were the wind blowing around a forest of trees. The synths are sparkly, too, and did I mention, yet, the very Unknown Mortal Orchestra sweet spot they hit in “The Last Oasis”? No? Drum fills.
There’s a KG record for literally every occasion, and this one is largely straddling the line between those who like propulsive psych rock band and a very chill, very happy ‘60s pop team. It meanders a little more; things move forward, but looser. If you’ve been into the heavier, more vampiric modes they’ve taken on records like ‘Murder of the Universe’, they’ve still got a bit of grouch in them, and it can be found in “The Great Chain of Being”, which sounds like Mastodon done slower. I realise I’ve effectively reviewed this like a librarian directing you to different parts of the shelf, but it’s King Gizzard, isn’t it? There’s so much to get through and so little time. Enjoy!
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