Wednesday, October 2, 2013

REVIEW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Fill Your Lungs

What a great and utterly lovable, shaggy beast this album is!  Hard psychedelia (yes, even a sitar on the final track), garage rock, a bit of pop and R&B.  All done with a scruffy swagger and deserved confidence.  Fill Your Lungs has all the elements of an album that will not leave your music rotation for a very, very long time.

The smorgasbord commences with the 16 minute "Head On/Pill", which offers the listener an epic musical journey through the psychedelic world of Melbourne's King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.  The following three tracks, including the first track provided below, continue to paint in psychedelic colors, although with plenty of variation including drone/shoegaze and blues.  On "Let Me Mend the Past" the band nimbly dances through an R&B flavored romp.  Then, in one of my favorites, the band swaggers through the garage stomper "Mystery Jack".  We have already featured singles "30 Past 7" and "I'm Not A Man Unless I Have A Woman", so we'll feature a couple of other tracks.  You can stream/buy the entire album at the Bandcamp link below.

Here is the bluesy psychedelia of "God Is Calling Me Back Home" --

R&B flavored "Let Me Mend the Past" --

Finally, the twangy garage rock of "Mystery Jack" --

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is Stu Mackenzie, Joe Walker, Eric Moore, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Lucas Skinner, Cook Craig, and Michael Cavanagh.  The album is available in CD/vinyl/digital formats.


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