King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have released four albums in less than two years; that lack of downtime might have resulted in an absence of transformative, life-altering experiences to insert into their lyrics, but these Australian psych-rock kooks have always been more about melody, frenzy and impact rather than compelling storytelling. There is a sense of urgency to this latest offering, as if last year’s fey and breezy LP Paper Mâché Dream Balloon acted as a process of blissed-out creative rehab. The rusty screech of Robot Stop kickstarts the record before Gamma Knife careens down a midnight motorway on a flame-streaked motorbike. People Vultures is a satanic summoning, Invisible Face indulges a gorgeously groovy wig-out, and a gnarly guitar rains down on the metal-spirited Road Train, crashing this tight-knit chaos wagon of sound for good. Until somewhere around mid-August, anyway.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity review – Aussie psych-rockers return with urgency
Harriet Gibsone is a freelance journalist