[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3378″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]It’s Sunday, 2am, mere hours after seeing King Gizz Liz Wiz live at Laneway Festival. We slouch at a table in someone’s backyard, reminiscing on the events of the day and re-listening to their ninth studio album, Flying Microtonal Banana, when a particularly inebriated mate turns to me and asks: “So… is this like a 42 minute jam session turned into an album, or did they actually write this?” I told him that it was the latter; that to figure out the true majesty and mysteries behind this masterpiece would require him to open his third eye and to bring a calculator.

Regardless, his query stuck with me… In asking the question he highlighted one of the work’s greatest charms – its ability to bind elements of raw jam energy while seamlessly presenting itself as a thesis on auditory exploration. The long, rolling repetitions in the opening track Rattlesnake provide a solid, sexy groove for listeners to latch onto before delving into the sitar-esque scales, made possible through the unique instruments after which the album was given its name. Deeper into the record the platform of normality fades and microtonal modes become the norm, with Billabong Valley holding elements of classic four chord pop movements before being brilliantly juxtaposed by emphasising the microtonal melody. It creates an almost unheard-of pattern of suspense and resolution between the Western influences that we know so well and the beauty of committing to notes that would be considered ‘wrong’ in nearly any other circumstance.

So bold and so rich in ideas, yet still so palatable, with comforting ‘60s riffage coupled with psych-rock tones and structures, the work is not only a testament both to the group’s ridiculous work ethic but also their ability to insert just enough tonal spice to hold your attention the whole way through. Towards the end of the nine-track album the culmination of these ideas are displayed to their fullest in Nuclear Fusion, a song that not only encapsulates the styles of old school off-beat rock but also draws attention to Stu Mackenzie’s vision to create greatness.
After all, great music is a combination of relatable sounds coupled with new ideas – a nuclear fusion which the band pulls off incredibly well with barely a hint of fallout.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”4/5″ color=”white” css_animation=”appear”][vc_column_text]King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

Released: 24 February 2017 via Remote Control / Flightless[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”” style=”custom” custom_background=”#ff5ff3″ custom_text=”#000000″ shape=”square” size=”lg” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-apple” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fau%2Falbum%2Fflying-microtonal-banana%2Fid1174162822||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row]