King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Butterfly 3000


4.0
excellent

Review

by SublimeSound USER (15 Reviews)
June 11th, 2021 | 55 replies


Release Date: 06/11/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future is going to be alright.

Truly. Everything is going to be fine. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel: it glows in an inclusive incandescence that seems to beg for our attention. Open the windows, drink in the sun, and bask in the color of our world.

This kind of naturalism, this optimism, this unrelenting positivity embodies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s latest release: Butterfly 3000. At this point, no one knows what to expect of these literal mad lads. Thrash metal? Sure. Jazz? You’d better believe it. How about a MIDI-drenched Neo-Psych odyssey?

Bingo. Butterfly 3000 is a difficult album to sum up in a single sentence: but that’s a fair start. This is more than a gimmick of the month, however. Its sound is enveloping and its relaxed atmosphere belies the clever architecture behind this warm summertime squall of an album.

Simply put, this is King Gizzard’s most cohesive work since 2016’s Nonagon Infinity. In terms of production and sonic makeup, Butterfly 3000 sounds unlike any other King Gizzard release – least of all Nonagon Infinity. But compositionally, it’s a showcase of the now-veteran indie outfit’s greatest strengths: their ability to latch onto playful psychedelic grooves and pile layer upon layer of instrumental riffage and iteration onto the mix until the listener finds themselves in joyous flow state of kaleidoscopic color.

Of course, this approach isn’t unique to King Gizzard: you can find much of the same in Pond, Tame Impala, or Dungen. But on Butterfly 3000, like Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard reaches further and stretches farther by weaving these psychedelic canvases into larger, more ambitious, long form soundscapes. To the extent that the album is really at its best when listened to in a single sitting. The meticulous construction of these compositions, the subtle builds, blooming crescendos, and clever callbacks at play here are more akin a Fishmans, Animal Collective, or CAN record, than any modern psych-pop band.

It’s a fantastic synthesis: the driving Krautrock back beat lends a sense of momentum to the blissed out psychedelic soundscapes, which are themselves packed full of twinkling keys, twisting strings, and addictive micro-hooks. The kind of compositional adornments that you simply couldn’t find in more ‘track-focused’ King Gizzard release, like Oddments or KG/LW. In the beat, they wisely favor a simple 4/4-time signature over their standard 7/4 tinkering. This gives their bright, polished MIDI-flavored instrumentals plenty of room to breathe & shine in the forefront: blossoming into crisscrossing tapestries of psych-pop bliss peppered with every sly quirk and quip you’d expect from Australia’s arbiters of modern psych.

There is also a marked improvement in the vocals at play on this record. While they’ve long since proven their ability to be masterful storytellers, vocal delivery and singing quality were always afterthoughts in the King Gizzard canon. Odd for a band with effectively three different singers. As wild as their jams can get, the band’s vocals always struggled to find their ‘place’ in their compositions – outside of periodic ‘WOOH!’s. Here, the band seems to have finally found the proper place in their production for their vocals to shine. By counter-balancing Stu & Ambrose’s rough, breathy vocals with slickly polished MIDI flourishes and swells, their richly layered croons and swoons sound sweeter and more sweeping than ever before.

Butterfly 3000 shouldn’t be regarded as another madcap experiment by the boys from Melbourne, nor a flash-in-the-pan stroke of genius. No, it should be understood as a deftly crafted, carefully considered demonstration of the veteran band’s greatest strengths and most colorful influences. Only here, it is framed with more polish and confidence than ever before. There’s an enduring optimism to the sound of Butterfly 3000 that simply couldn’t be captured via the harsh guitar distortion or fuzzy vocal delivery that typified their early releases.

No. This is a cool draught on a hot summer day. A slick serotonin sunbeam shining directly into your mind’s eye. Drink it in. Be swept away. Everything is going to be alright.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sonictheplumber
June 12th 2021


12619 Comments


didnt read the review but what genre is this one

Cormano
June 12th 2021


2754 Comments


review is good but I bet this sucks
wish this band would go away for a bit

chchelse2
June 12th 2021


52 Comments


Didn’t read the review. What band is this?

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2021


24533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

The pace and quality standard of this band are nothing short of amazing. Good review dude, album's lit, specially mid-second half.

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SublimeSound
June 12th 2021


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, that's where it shines. And thanks!



King Gizzard deserves a hiatus more than any band I can think of. But the consistent quality of their releases, and their utter refusal to stagnate makes me glad that they're still going at it as relentlessly as ever.

WatchItExplode
June 12th 2021


8906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like 10 usable minutes on this thing

Digging: Islands - Islomania

zaruyache
June 12th 2021


24091 Comments


i zoned out while listening to it today but I remember it being very entrancing and pretty!

LeddSledd
June 12th 2021


5356 Comments


Shangai, Interior People, and Catching Smoke are excellent

I think I enjoyed this much more than L.W.

Digging: Iosonouncane - IRA

LeddSledd
June 12th 2021


5356 Comments


"wish this band would go away for a bit"

worst take of all time prize winner 🏆

Veldin
June 12th 2021


4417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Shangai and Catching Smoke would be good singles. Reminds me of Animal Collective.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 12th 2021


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This gives me major Flaming Lips vibes. Airy psych.

Digging: Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR

keaton_86
June 12th 2021


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They're from Melbourne, not Perth (everyone from Perth lives in Berlin)

Tundra
June 12th 2021


6078 Comments


Album is lots of fun

butt.
June 12th 2021


8852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most of their albums are hit or miss for me but I absolutely love this. It’s so pretty and catchy. Shanghai is great and Catching Smoke is probably among my top 10 to come out this year

Drpibb
June 12th 2021


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"listened to in a single setting"



I think you mean single sitting

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000

zaruyache
June 13th 2021


24091 Comments


no they mean all in the same place how dare you question them

SublimeSound
June 13th 2021


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, zaruyache.



I obviously mean that this album is meant to be listened to on venice beach, at sunrise, in the early summer, and nowhere else.

keaton_86
June 13th 2021


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album fucking slaps nuts

kalkwiese
June 13th 2021


7320 Comments


Kink Jizzard and The Jizzing Wizard

butt.
June 14th 2021


8852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can’t believe more people aren’t talking about this album



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