King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Float Along. Fill Your Lungs


4.0
excellent

Review

by tombits USER (21 Reviews)
June 29th, 2014 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: King Gizzard and the Lizard Jizzard.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, a fourteen-limbed monolith born from the slums of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, are an absolute anomaly. The disheveled septet have been blazing a trail of DIY glory since the release of 12 Bar Bruise in late 2012; the manic surf-influenced garage-rock that characterized the album translated into a raucous live show, sweeping them across the country in a cyclone of critical acclaim. Eyes like the Sky, a spaghetti western inspired oddball, came just five months after their debut. Here the sprawling, husky narration of The Dingoes’ Broderick Smith (father to Gizzard’s harmonica player Ambrose) took precedent over vocalist Stu Mackenzie’s unpredictable yelps, providing a unique spin to an intriguing – if somewhat forgettable – sophomore effort. Fast forward to the tail end of 2013 and we arrive at Float Along – Fill Your Lungs, King Gizzard’s third full length record in a mere twelve months.

While Eyes like the Sky left many critics scratching their balding heads, any doubts regarding Gizzard’s outrageous prolificacy were promptly quelled with the release of “Head On/Pill”. It’s a single that stands testament to the band’s unorthodox approach: a sixteen-minute foot-stomper that writhes through psychedelic and krautrock territory before settling in a truly distinct space of its own. The song opens with a riff reminiscent of Feathers-era Dead Meadow before dissolving into a rabid, NEU!-esque jam smattered with runaway delay and buzzing sitar. A driving drum n’ bass groove builds the foundation for some truly visceral noises; there’s enough woozy vibrato and pedal oscillation here to make Spiritualized proud. Yet it’d be reductive of me to label this song as a “jam”, for there is circularity to its structure that indicates something far more intelligent.

While “Head On/Pill” forms the centerpiece of Float Along – Fill Your Lungs – “30 Past 7” and the eponymous track follow in the same psychedelic vain – there’s enough flavours here to keep everyone amused. Both “I Am Not a Man Unless I Have a Woman” and “Let Me Mend the Past” feature Ambrose at the vocal helm; his (dare I say it) sensual wailing steers the band towards groove-based blues, with lashings of heavy-handed production ensuring things stay left of center. “Pop In My Step” recalls the saccharine sunshine pop of early Beatles, while the chicken-picking twangs of “God Is Calling Me Back Home” reside somewhere in the realms of acid-country. “Mystery Jack” is perhaps the only major pitfall on the record; for a band as forward-thinking as Gizzard, revisiting the Western trope of their previous album seems like uninspired laziness rather than an endearing nod to the past.

In an age where clinical management and calculated strategizing is the norm, it is refreshing to see King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard doing things on their own terms. Float Along – Fill Your Lungs is both a demonstration and an exploration of the band’s democratic songwriting process; it’s a venerable mosaic of different personalities, styles and influences that – while at times lacking in execution– represents the beginning of an exciting journey. Whether they continue their prolific, genre-hopping escapades or diverge towards a more traditional, time-consuming approach remains to be seen. Given their success so far, however, I'm comforted knowing the decision lies solely in their hands.



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Mad.
June 29th 2014


4675 Comments


Damn this sounds like it could be awesome. Great review, pos'd, your description of "writhes through psychedelic and kraut-rock territory before settling in a distinct space of its own" has me sold.

Found the album streaming here btw: http://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com/album/float-along-fill-your-lungs

tombits
June 29th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey dudes! First review in years.



This reads far more formal than I intended (thanks university) but I hope the retrospective introduction will help pull those unfamiliar with the band into the loop.



The band has since released a fourth record called "Oddments". It's an unofficial compilation of sorts featuring material that didn't suit this album. They recently relocated to Brooklyn for a few months - word is they've already written two more full lengths which will drop sometime in the next 12 months.



If you ever get the chance to catch this band live, drop everything and do it.

tombits
June 29th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Mad: cheers man! I've been away too long, any idea how to embed soundcloud links? or did I imagine

ever seeing that on sputnik?

Spare
June 29th 2014


5567 Comments


i saw this band supporting the drones and i thought they were kind of a sucky version of thee oh sees

tombits
June 29th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bummer! i caught them at old bar late last year as well as at golden plains this year, both were scorching sets. both were after this album dropped however.

Spare
June 29th 2014


5567 Comments


melbourne buds yew. what do u look like ive prob seen you

Mad.
June 29th 2014


4675 Comments


Well, welcome back to reviewing then! Definitely gonna check this. I'm sometimes iffy with really prolific bands though because they might not take enough time to get the full potential out of each idea or maybe just find a formula and keep churning out the same old stuff. It also means they might not ever make a 'perfect' or 5-star album.

I think only staffers can use Soundcloud links sadly, but hopefully people will click on that bandcamp steam I posted to listen.

LordePots
June 29th 2014


38570 Comments


dat name

Digging: Blondes - Warmth

tombits
June 29th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ spare: long hair, skinny jeans and big shirts... bet that narrows it down. If you have a spare (!) 16 minutes, check out this tasty live vid they did for RRR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATWU6nTAWyk



@ Mad: I know exactly what you're saying, and I tried to write my conclusion to reflect your sentiments. Given they've already written and recorded another three albums since this one I suppose they're keeping up their insane output.

Mad.
June 30th 2014


4675 Comments


Listening to this now, it's definitely great stuff. The first track is awesome, love the whole sitar thing. A bit derivative from the 60s psychedelic style though

tombits
June 30th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For sure, it sits somewhere between Can and Revolver-era Beatles for me. Lots of cheeky modern touches (mainly the cooked production and absurd pedal use) to keep it fresh, however. What are you thinking rating-wise?

Mad.
June 30th 2014


4675 Comments


Mmmm, haven't listened all the way through yet but probably at least a 3.5 if it doesn't trail off too much later on. I'll listen again soon, as happens with things on my bandcamp wishlist

tombits
July 20th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pitchfork are flying these dudes over to NYC to support Mac Demarco and Connan Mockasin at Terminal 5 in November!

Mad.
July 21st 2014


4675 Comments


Damn that'll be some nice exposure for them

Mad.
October 21st 2016


4675 Comments


The first track is one of their best fo sho

schoonda
January 31st 2017


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band man.

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains

BlushfulHippocrene
January 31st 2017


2067 Comments


I so need to check their back catalogue, only listened to Nonagon.

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2017


5781 Comments


same

schoonda
January 31st 2017


955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm In Your Mind Fuzz and this are just as brilliant, yet quite different.



Definitely listen to Mind Fuzz first though

BlushfulHippocrene
February 1st 2017


2067 Comments


Cheers, I'll give that one a go. (:



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