King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

King G is back at it again, this time with Polygondwanaland, which they released absolutely free for everyone. The band has not had that much rest this year, as they have now released their fourth album of the year, and still have one yet to come. If you are unfamiliar with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, earlier this year they released Flying Microtonal Banana (arguably their most popular album overall), Murder of the Universe, and Sketches of Brunswick East.

Their latest effort, Polygondwanaland, is one that is not too different from the ones released before, but I believed they improved on some of the flaws that were present on Murder of the Universe and Sketches of Brunswick East. Polygondwanaland, along with a majority of King G’s music, is a very ambitious, psychedelic rock project. The first track on the album, “Crumbling Castles”, is an over ten minute monster, which is very experimental and eerie, yet groovy and a very enjoyable listen. This track sets the tone for the rest of another classic King G album as Polygondwanaland stays close to this eerie and mysterious sense throughout. The album goes through slow and fast paces, and keeps the listener unsure of what to expect up next. I’d say the peak of the album in terms of weirdness has to be their 5th track, “Inner Cell.” This track, along with the next track “Loyalty”, illustrates exactly what King G is all about; music which is equal parts strange as it is enjoyable. The album doesn’t falter at the end either, as the last track, “The Fourth Colour”, memorably puts a fitting end to this ambitious project.

Overall, Polygondwanaland is an album which is very enjoyable if you can dig the weirdness, although it may take a few listens to really appreciate it.

Hits – “Inner Cell” “Loyalty” “Horology” “Polygondwanaland”

Misses – “Searching…”

Rate – 7.0

By: Daniel Lopez

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