Friends and neighbours, it’s a glorious morning: without any advanced singles or even a peek at the album’s artwork, Melbourne’s lords of psych-acid-rock, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, have dropped their second album of the year – and it’s available at JB Hi-Fi right now.
For the last week, we’ve been watching this beatific little tweet-clip on repeat:
Friday June 11 8am AEST
— King Gizzard (@kinggizzard) June 3, 2021
Now the beast has arrived!
Entitled Butterfly 3000, this is the 18th album overall from multi-instrumentalists Stu Mackenzie, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Cook Craig, Joey Walker, Lucas Harwood and Michael Cavanagh. It’s a 10-track affair, each song having begun its life as “arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop,” says the album bio.
The cover artwork features an autostereogram (that’s a Magic Eye, my fellow laypersons) created by the band’s long-time arty collaborator Jason Galea.
The six-piece’s last four albums (this year’s L.W., last year’s K.G., and 2019’s Infest The Rats’ Nest and Fishing For Fishies) all displayed lyrical themes around the destruction of the world’s natural environment; it looks like the fellas might be sending us down a more escapist than realist path this time around, as the bio attests that Butterfly 3000 is “the most accessible and jubilant” record of the band’s career.
Regardless, all will be revealed to your own ears when you wrap them around Butterfly 3000, available at JB Hi-Fi today via KGLW/Virgin Music Australia.
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