King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Sketches of Brunswick East (w/ Mild High Club)


4.0
excellent

Review

by friv USER (6 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2017 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's ok to relax.

If there’s one thing King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard have had trouble doing recently, it’s finding time to take a break. The band’s been on overdrive, seemingly content to churn out wild acid rock tunes until the end of time. Their previous album Murder of the Universe seemed to capitalize on that wildness, as they drove their music to even noisier heights. So it was a surprise when the band announced their next album was going to be a collaboration with Mild High Club, whose dreamy psych pop seemed incongruous to the direction King Gizzard was pushing their music. Sketches abandons the cacophonous atmosphere of their previous album in pursuit of a smoother, jazzier approach.

The sounds of Mild High Club and King Gizzard weave together seamlessly. There’s a greater focus on instrumentation compared to their recent albums, as they mix a wide variety of instruments with colorful synths and grooving basslines. The textures of this album constantly shapeshift: flute solos, wah-wah guitars, and car alarm samples are all incorporated with ease. From the blissful bounciness of “Countdown” to the howls of “A Journey to (S)hell”, the bands pack their ceaseless creativity and experimentation into a delightfully smooth experience.

While Murder looked to impress the audience with its apocalyptic insanity, here the band reminisces on their past. “Dusk to Dawn on Lygon Street” provides a bird’s eye view of life in their neighborhood, “The Spider and Me” finds Stu Mackenzie recalling the time he relaxed with a Huntsman spider, and “You Can Be Your Silhouette” urges people to forget the darkness for a spell. They’re chasing the simpler times; those nostalgic, acid-tripping days of yore. After the chaos of their last album, who could blame them for wanting a milder high?



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Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


Definitely my favorite release of theirs this year, it's got the replayability that the other two lacked somewhat.

s/o to Ramon for helping me edit, you beautiful man



Papa Universe
August 22nd 2017


22505 Comments


I mean, sure it's fair that they wanted to relax a little, but just having a good vibe isn't enough, you need some songwriting.

Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


That's here though.

Papa Universe
August 22nd 2017


22505 Comments


eghh, wouldn't say so

Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


Opinions are wild things

Piglet
August 22nd 2017


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

songwriting is definitely here, thought this was a neat lil review btw



i've listened to this near 15 times by now i reckon and the one thing that stands out to me really is the layers and textures of the instrumentation, it really trims your mood down to a smooth contentment that can only be induced by good jazz, so glad to see a review that appreciates that

Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


ty!!!

yeah the instrumentation here is really layered, it took me a minute to realize it

Papa Universe
August 22nd 2017


22505 Comments


Well, one thing's for sure, it's definitely the most free-flowing and pleasant of the three albums.

Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


yeah the transitions are really smooth

zaruyache
August 22nd 2017


22457 Comments


"my favorite release of theirs this year"

that's a fun sentence to see

Frivolous
August 22nd 2017


878 Comments


they're on track to make good on their 5 album promise.

hopefully the next two are as good if not better as the last 3

verdant
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2017


2435 Comments


oh yes you describe their sound so succinctly, which is something i struggle with (See: murder of the universe). really well done, friv.

MrSirLordGentleman
August 23rd 2017


13297 Comments


best band name ever

Frivolous
August 23rd 2017


878 Comments


ey this got a feature nice ty staff

Ebola
August 23rd 2017


3822 Comments


Great review. Does this record also have really annoying spoken word interludes every 3 minutes?

Frivolous
August 23rd 2017


878 Comments


nope

it does have an instrumental song about every 3 minutes though

tommygun
August 23rd 2017


26983 Comments


god damn these guys never stop

Pho3nix
August 23rd 2017


834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album cover seems to imply a Beatles / Jethro Tull influence

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2017


3278 Comments


Great closing line, mate, gave me a good chuckle. Yet to check this, but keep up the good work.

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WhiteNoise
August 23rd 2017


3688 Comments


Just want to point out that two of the featured reviews on the front page are straya bands. Nice.



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