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EP Review: King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard 'I'm In Your Mind Fuzz'

Just like Godzilla once did, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is currently conquering everything in its path. With the band’s previous album having been released eight whole months ago, ‘I’m in Your Mind Fuzz’ graced our airwaves on 31st October (mmm Halloween), bringing us more of the same kaleidoscopic fuzz, but with a dash extra of the neo-garage. Having made a few waves over in the States, King Gizz is set to be distributed by John Dwyer’s label Castle Face.

Taking influence from a range of musicians known for their wackiness, King Gizzard’s latest album is flavoured Bowie, Ariel Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco, Hendrix, and sometimes old school Caribou.

In trying to decide what this album is about, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the soundtrack to my cat’s life. If you’ve met Saffie, you’ll understand what I mean. There’s no common trajectory to what she does, it’s just whatever pops into her head. And she loves (eating) lizards. Swinging between stripped back mellow and highly-strung feral just like Saf, King Gizz are confusing as hell, first saying they’re in your Mind, then they’re not in your Mind. And then, they’re in your Mind Fuzz. If psych music is about creating a soundscape to the mind, they’ve clearly got cats on theirs.

But apart from this, it’s about the apocalypse, according to the band. On Triple J they described the album’s concept as ‘dark but not serious’, which they achieve by following one of two options: simple or funny. Of the tempo characterising at least four tracks on the album, the guys say it was the product of a jam, which they then wanted to base an entire album around. Unfortunately this didn’t really work, but it’s still a strong theme across several tracks, allowing for a certain seamlessness to the body of work as a whole.

I really like I’m Not in your Mind. It’s got a very ‘snake-charmer’ sound to it, and is fun to dance to. Quite a few of the songs peter out into a very Thee Oh Sees, improvised, jam-style ode to guitars. Slow Jam 2 is distinctive from the rest of the album, mashing up tropical ukulele with funk wah-wahs.

Although in demand everywhere in the world right now, King Gizzard have just released a bunch of tour dates around Australia, commencing November. After that, hopefully they’ll just keep spreading the word on how cool Australia is, with its Vegemite, which they like on toast with avocado and tomato.

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