While L.W. is technically only available tomorrow, it’s already Friday in Australia, which means King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, who are known for their speedy album releases, have officially released the companion album to K.G..
L.W. sees King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard exploring their groovier, jam-driven side with funky guitar riffs and clever rhythms, but as the record progresses, the quintessential King Gizzard crunch comes into play.
The album opens with a raucous jam before launching into a key-driven groove, paving the way for the genre-bending band to stray from traditional rock tropes into unexplored sonic terrain. Weaving threads of the harsh bite of their fuzzed-out guitars with everything from lo-fi bongo and synth sounds to thunderous fills, the finessed ensemble continue to keep you on your toes.
Get ready for a ride and stream L.W. below.
According to the band, the new album, which marks their 17th full-length to date, is an extension of the sounds of the “notes between the notes” first featured on 2017’s Flying Microtonal Banana.
“We’re actually probably not as considered as people think that we are,” frontman Stu McKenzie explains. “I’m always just trying to be in the band that I want to be in. But I’m also trying to be the band that I wish I could follow as a fan; so we’re both of those things at the same time. And I think that’s where my decision making lies: I’m always asking, what is the most fun thing we can do? If there’s a strategy at all, then it’s that.”