King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard

Australian based psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard will release a free album, Polygondwanaland, on Thursday (at 2 PM PST). And they are encouraging people to make their own CDs, albums, and even cassettes out of it. In a press release, the band said “Ever wanted to start your own record label? GO for it! Employ your mates, press wax, pack boxes. We do not own this record. You do.”

This is the band’s fourth release this year, joining Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, and Sketches of Brunswick East (a collaboration with Mild High Club). The prolific rock experimenters have promised to release five albums this year. Can we hope for a Christmas release?

On Flying Microtonal Banana King Gizzard investigated microtonal tuning, a non-Western way of tuning that involves intervals smaller than a semitone. They had a custom-made guitar gifted to them, and the band members bought new gear and altered the instruments so they could be micro-tuned in a way that made them compatible.

Murder of the Universe was broken into three long sections, each one telling a different apocalyptic tale of the human race being taken over by cyborgs and AI, while featuring heavy use of synths and spoken word narration.

Sketches of Brunswick East was a heady mix of soft rock, psych-pop, and cosmic jazz. If 10-minute epic, “Crumbling Castle,” is any indicator, it sounds like Polygondwanaland will re-embrace the epic psychedelia that King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard made its name on. With trippy fantasy-based lyrics, copious amounts of distortion and long instrumental passages, the new album could be just what fans of doom rock are searching for.

King Gizzard is currently on tour in Europe, but keep your eyes peeled here for North American dates starting in 2018. You can buy exclusive vinyl colorways of King Gizzard’s entire catalog here.

Listen to “Crumbling Castle” and fall into the 70’s inspired psychedelic images below:


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