King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Flying Microtonal Banana


3.5
great

Review

by Arcade STAFF
March 1st, 2017 | 130 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time to meet your end.

So here's another King Gizzard album. It's been less than twelve months since their last, Nonagon Infinity, which, whilst consolidating Gizz's fuzz and nostalgics around focused and highly melodic songwriting, did little else to differentiate itself stylistically from the abundance of other King Gizzard albums available. The repetitive rhythms, the fuzzy production values, and the barely-there occultist themes that prove necessary for any garage rock revivalist: surely well done, but familiar all the same. Though they are revivalists, the band seem aware of how stagnant they can sound, especially if they are to stick to the age-old and perfected method of guitars and 4/4 time signatures. As such, Flying Microtonal Banana attempts a broad shift into weirder rhythms, more varied song structures, and a pallet of '70s rock that extend beyond krautrock and the regular King Gizzard pallet and into the fraught territory of world music. Predictably, it still sounds sorta, kinda, exactly like a King Gizzard album.

Of course, the influence of world music is in the loosest sense; there's nary a hint of Moroccan, Balearic, or anything too out of left-field (and truly, the Can influence is enough to constitute some European influence, however hackneyed.) But, in keeping with variation, these songs move to a distinctly different beat, shuffling instead of marching, bopping instead of stomping, whilst still rocking all the same. The only song that could obviously be attributed to the band's older format is opener "Rattlesnake," a 7-minute adventure of riffing, poison, and the incessant eponymous refrain that proves an already worthy live highlight. Otherwise, the music carefully embraces Turkish rhythms and other microtonal methods of composition not apparent on other King Gizzard albums. "Melting" and "Open Water" are the most successful attempts of songwriting in this tradition, reorienting the band's hypnotic qualities towards unfamiliar grooves whilst retaining the general ruckus of overdriven guitars and supernatural thematics. Gizz's strength however is obviously in their concise and functional riff-oriented songs, so it's not as if they are an obvious cut above the fray. There's clearer attempts at the new format- barely there "Billabong Valley," subdued "Nuclear Fusion"- but King Gizzard are still best when jamming on a schlocky, fuzzed out rhythm. Yes, Flying Microtonal Banana is essentially the same King Gizzard album from last year, updated for the sake of its own consequence. But it's also better than most other albums of its sort, specifically because King Gizzard appear able to coherently piece together a fun anthem with a sense of musical direction. Those probably aren't great standards, but when so many others seem to do nothing but rewrite the classics, the one song Gizz do have is both malleable and completely entertaining. Anatolian rhythms be damned.




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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2017


8449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

in which King Gizz and the Liz Wiz release the same album they always release but with vague changes.



still rocks but.

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Piglet
March 1st 2017


7447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I identify as a gender queer keenkin because i only just realized this was out

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


5769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

1 down, 4 to go.



Forreal, great review. Nonagon was a blast of a record for me, but I wasn't crazy about all the singles that came out for this, so not quite sure what to expect from this.

Storm In A Teacup
March 1st 2017


22229 Comments


that last album was amazing. still need to hear this.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


10866 Comments


Great review, need to check this

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JigglyPDiddy
March 1st 2017


3225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loved their last record, might check this out whenever.

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wham49
March 1st 2017


3605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really dug I'm in your mind fuzz, but have a feeling that all their albums are more of the same, what do you guys think?

zaruyache
March 1st 2017


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

last one ruled gotta cheq.

VirtualBlaze
March 1st 2017


653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think Gizz have the absolute best vinyl pressings. Every single one on their Bandcamp page is sold out right now, but they're all so beautiful!

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nolerthebowler
March 1st 2017


909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a great listen with a nice twist, the eastern vibes are pretty cool. So far I like Nuclear Fusion and Melting best

RogueNine
March 1st 2017


3342 Comments


Won't take much for this to beat Nonagon, but if Rattlesnake is any indication, this'll be pretty good.

BMDrummer
March 1st 2017


14023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dope band

ZippaThaRippa
March 1st 2017


10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty incredible album name tbh

wham49
March 1st 2017


3605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the info blaze, will check their vinyl

FullOfSounds
March 1st 2017


15573 Comments


scrolling through their albums on the band page is fucking eyegasmic

FadedSun
March 1st 2017


1748 Comments


I don't know who this is, but their band name is genius.

schoonda
March 1st 2017


870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nonagon was so good. these guys consistently put out good music. Rating is correct.

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dreamgazing
March 1st 2017


1293 Comments


so whats the concept for their next album? rlly hope they deliver on the quantitative promise

schoonda
March 1st 2017


870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think they're doing a follow up to Eyes Like the Sky

Dewinged
March 1st 2017


6353 Comments


Heard a bit of this the other day and really liked it, gotta check it out.

Nice review Arcade.

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