Review: These seven eccentric Australian freakniks have hammered out a remarkable amount of material since their debut in 2012 yet this, their fourth album to date, sees them catapulting their high-energy racket further out into the ether yet bringing a sharper focus to their songwriting. Equal parts filthy garage rock 'n' roll, head-spinning psych and dizzy flower-pop, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz crams a remarkable amount of moods and textures into 42 breathless minutes, and this band still manages to blow minds even when they take their foot off the accelerator, as on the Zombies-esque ballad "Her And I". Riotous, inventive and brimming over with charisma, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, ludicrous name notwithstanding, are quite the trip.
Review: The Australian collective continue to wave their freak flag high on this, the latest in a startlingly prolific series of records that have seen them rise to the higher echelons of garage/psych power. 'Quarters', however, is unique even for them - comprising four ten minute tracks, it takes a more free-form style, with loose jamming coalescing into a glorious wash of ethereal extrapolation. Not merely a band with a startling growth rate, King Gizzard here prove themselves one with plenty of sttings to their bow, and 'Quarters' will be greeted with good cheer by admirers of fans of Ty Segall and Follakzoid alike.
Review: It can be tricky for even the most hardy psych-veteran to keep up with the recorded antics of this Melbourne-based sextet, who've hammered out a remarkable nine releases in their five years on the planet. Yet moreover, they've moved both onwards from the garage-rock onslaught of their last couple of outings and backwards into a sun-kissed psych-pop sound that's as melodiously cheerful as it is relaxed and confident. Displaying a lightness of touch that's perhaps surprising from a band generally so intent on bloody-minded overload, this latest chapter in the King Gizzard story is the most enthralling yet.
Review: It may only seem five minutes since the last King Gizzard album, but what's even more surprising than their prolific output is their quality control - 'Nonagon Infinity' is possessed of the freewheeling intensity, garage-style chutzpah and spirited charm that this outfit have displayed on the seven albums previous to this. Moreover, there's a particular game plan for the band - styled as a 'never-ending album', 'Nonagon Infinity' is structured like a 40-minute loop, which ends exactly where it began. On the evidence of this effervescent effort, one can think of worse vortexes in which to reside.
Review: On their third studio album in half a year, hyper-prolific Aussies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have chosen to team up with Mild High Club, the slacker psychedelia project of Alexander Brettin. The collaboration strikes a happy medium between King Gizzard's overbearing frenetic sound and Mild High Club's laidback stoner attitude. Sketches Of Brunswick East has all the King Gizzard hallmarks: time signature and rhythm changes, explorations of microtonal harmonics and eastern scales, but the introduction of smoky noir jazz nostalgia as well as North African and Ethiopian flavours make for intriguing additions. It's refreshing to hear that, despite being seemingly unable to stop releasing records, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard haven't run out of good ideas just yet.