King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
I'm In Your Mind Fuzz


5.0
classic

Review

by ElviGemini USER (2 Reviews)
June 27th, 2017 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Mind Fuzz, King Gizzard showcase both sides of their sound in a flawless fashion. A perfect balance between face melting freak outs and laid back funky stoner grooves.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are an anomaly in today's music world. In a music world ruled by electronic DJs, King Gizzard stick out like a sore thumb. The seven members that come together to make Australia's most wild garage/psych rock band in the present moment is clearly steeped in a nostalgic feel for 60s psychedelia, motorik beats, and a very heady, fuzzed out sound. They also happen to be ridiculously prolific, having put out 10 records as of the time this review was written. On their first trip to the United States, the band gets some wind under their wing as they record their first album in the traditional way of having all the songs written and rehearsed thoroughly, and then recorded as a band in the studio. Their second album of 2014, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz is a masterpiece of warped psychedelic grooves. Riddled throughout this record are tape manipulations, phase shifts, and saturations. None of this gets in the way of the music, but greatly enhances it and places it in it's own trippy fantasy world.

The record starts off with a big bang, four drum stick clicks and you are immediately thrown into The Gizzards realm with the four part "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz" suite. This 12 minute epic is loaded to the brim with fuzzed out harmonicas, guitar freak outs, and the powerful bellowing of "WOOOO". The second part, "I'm Not In Your Mind" has the band stretching the jams out to dizzying levels in a middle eastern flavour. "Cellophane", the "hit" single from this album follows and pushes the psychedelic insanity even higher. By the time the final part is rocking, we have reached a highly climactic moment in the record, as this section sounds absolutely triumphant. That's how you start a record. Side A is rounded out with some much needed calm tracks to diffuse after having your brain fried for 12+ minutes. "Empty" uses some great floaty sounding keyboards, and some rather nihilistic lyrics. In fact, most of the lyrics of this album are of a pessimistic mood. From mind control, to fantasizing about the end of the world, the lyrics contrast with the very upbeat jams. "Hot Water" showcases some great flute and one of the more mellow grooves and highlights of this disc.

Side B begins with another face melting psychedelic epic, "Am I In Heaven?". This song falsely begins with some very pastoral guitars and flutes before quickly going back to the fuzzed freak outs. The tune reaches jaw dropping levels, and gets into some seriously ferocious grooves. After this intense peak of the musical trip, the only logical next step is to come down. The rest of the album is made up of heavenly slow jams. "Slow Jam 1" shows the more sedate, funkier sound of this final section of the record. "Satan Speeds Up" is a very interesting song with two juxtaposed parts, a very funky and almost sleazy sounding verse riff, and a super dreamy sounding chorus. The combination is unique and makes for a very cool listen. Finally, the album ends with "Her And I (Slow Jam 2)". A fantastic way to round out the record, this downright seductive groove jams on for over 8 minutes and has one of the most lovely and addicting choruses.

By balancing both sides of their sound so effectively in one cohesive package, King Gizzard have their first instant classic. Bringing the hippie idealism of the 60s with the musical ambitions of the 70s into the modern era of cold calculated electronics, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz has put King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard on the map, and broke them out of their Australia bubble. They have transcended the Melbourne scene, and are making their mark on the musical world. It's truly wonderful to see a band such as this gain the momentum it has, and hopefully many, many more masterworks come out of their hard work.


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Piglet
June 27th 2017


8466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cool, this did need a review

Conmaniac
June 27th 2017


27669 Comments


all King Gizzard albums need a review tbh!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2017


4052 Comments


And a great one at that.

pollastrerostit
June 30th 2017


842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is infectious as hell and their greatest musically... rest of their stuff can get a bit boring after a while but I find this album more diverse somehow



Nice review, posd

schoonda
May 23rd 2018


1833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best gizz album undoubtedly

sonictheplumber
October 20th 2018


17533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these guys kick ass man

ChaoticVortex
November 2nd 2018


1569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

An infectious, dynamic and diversive fuzz-bomb of psychdelica, garage rock, pop, blues, funk and flutes. One of Gizzard's best albums.

Pho3nix
May 21st 2019


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely not a classic but I love the album cover

ElviGemini
June 27th 2020


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah maybe I was a bit generous when I wrote this, I was really into them at the time haha.

Conmaniac
June 27th 2020


27669 Comments


they're killer need to do another discography dive with them

Tundra
July 7th 2020


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is fantastic

LeddSledd
August 23rd 2020


7445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album so so much

Colton
August 23rd 2020


14880 Comments


can't tell if the cover is amazing or horrible

LeddSledd
August 23rd 2020


7445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh its definitely friggin awesome

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2020


59505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

this is the only King Gizz album I feel bad about not having heard hm

parksungjoon
November 27th 2020


46886 Comments


jizz

LeddSledd
November 27th 2020


7445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

King Jizzard

kalkwiese
November 27th 2020


10357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and the Lizard Jizzer

schoonda
November 28th 2020


1833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best jizzard for sure

LeddSledd
December 5th 2020


7445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yessir yessir octagon m/



never too late to hop on the Gizz train



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