King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W.
KGLW – 2021
Even though we’ve been digging a lot of the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard releases ever since its conception, it still was a bit of a surprise that there were so many of the HiVe crazies that voted for Infest The Rats’ Nest back in 2019 to make it reach the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year. It wasn’t a surprise however that after the release of K.G. back at end of 2020 that a L.W. release would follow. It is the seventeenth album in nine years and it will throw you for a loop, going from unwielding to bizarre to whimpering to cheeky to epic to wild to I’m gonna rip my arms of an beat you to death with it. It might be one of the aspects to microtonal exploration that this and sister album K.G. entail. Still imploring loads of Eastern influences and wild rhythms and patterns it is without a doubt a quirky album that might not get every heavy crazy on board this time around. Definitely no Rats’ Nest, there is still some heavy psych and sludge shredding to be discovered. Just wait around for final track K.G.L.W. for example… It will, however, perhaps even against you will, induct you into the ranks of KGLW… Oh hey, and if you buy the album on bandcamp; it will also have you adopt or plant a tree through Greenfleet, which restores biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand. Good plant! Good plan!
(Written by JK)