Vinyl album cover artwork for K.G. by King Gizzard and the Lizard WizardEvery King Gizzard review now reads as recycled: they’re a “prolific” “psych-rock” band from Geelong and here they are trying on a slightly different outfit that nevertheless hangs similar to the ones before it.

But now in a point of being relatively sonically settled, K.G. feels as much the statement of identity as the title suggests. Hypnotic rhythms, blazing guitars, and esoteric lyricism shine now that they’ve eschewed the wall of sound that hid their songwriting in the past. To the detractors: why shouldn’t a band write songs simply to have more to play at their shows? K.G. riffs on familiar themes, but it’s a superb showcase of a band that worked out their quirks faster than most.

K.G. by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is out now via Flightless.

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