King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity

Serena reviews the latest album from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

11th May 2016

Since their formation back in 2010, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released 8 albums ,with 2016 being the year of Nonagon Infinity. Their consistent and ever-growing discography is further enriched by the unique quality of the music; making them one of the most striking bands in this musical era. Staying true to their psychedelic threads, the band have produced a seamless album which is varnished with a layer of urgency and carefully arranged anarchy.

The opening track ‘Robot Stop’ lurches the listener into a flurry of energy. It’s a whirlwind of a song that immediately draws you in to the band’s kaleidoscopic, psych-rock level. With elements of jazz, punk and soul feeding their way into the album, the inventiveness of the record cannot be denied.

the inventiveness of the record cannot be denied

As a whole, the record is much more intense and a great deal heavier than 2015’s Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. I must admit I do slightly miss the flutey mellowness of ‘Sense’ and The Black Keys inspired ‘The Bitter Boogie’. But, this album is generally reaching out to a different style.

It’s a record set at 100mph, much like I’m IN Your Mind Fuzz from 2014, and each song seems to be driven by effervescent riffs with no sign of slowing down. ‘People Vultures’ was released as a single and gave listeners a taster of what to expect - a repetitive track that keeps in line with the energetic nature of the record and gives nods to the likes of The Delta Riggs. The closing track ‘Road Train’ seems to mimic ‘Robot Stop’ which providing a cyclical nature whilst taking the listener on a psychedelic journey.

I’m not sure where the band can go from the chaotic creation that is Nonagon Infinity, but I’ve no doubt they’ll impress with whatever comes next.


Serena Bhardwaj

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