King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
No rest for the wicked I suppose, as King Gizzard unleash their fourth album in the span of two years on a ready and willing audience. They've moved from the dirt-soaked blues of their first LP to laying down a psychedelic country western epic to the psych-pop of last year's excellent Float Along - Fill Your Lungs with ease, and its the latter style they seem to be sticking with on their newest offering. The album's bubbling with a fevered elasticity that might just match Oddments' chaotic cover art, but it’s that ability to be ever mutable that makes them so instantly endearing. Opening with an intense salvo of an instrumental before smoothing into the kind of heatwave psych-soul that littered the best crevices of their previous album, then powering through a tossed off take at Australia's most famous condiment; they jumpstart the album nicely. The rest of the album spends its time tacking back into the belly of garage-soul beast; churning slow n' low jams splattered with just enough pop aplomb to stick nicely in the ears. Lead single "Vegemite" is the most overtly strummmy they get here, with the rest of the set gelling into their best and most consistent album to date. I've said it time and again around here but if you're not paying attention to the South Hemi, Aussie and New Zealand releases, then you're missing one of the best pockets of global music going today.
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