Album Reviews: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’

Absent are the repetative psych hooks of Flying Microtonal Banana and the fist-pumping metalish chops of Murder Of The Universe. This album is best when listened with an informal ear.


Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Number of Tracks: 13
Label: ATO Records
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Aussie psych-rockers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, have been embarking on this “five-album” journey into 2017. It all started in the winter when they released Flying Microtonal Banana, I twilight zone of psychedelia and desert stupor. Months later, their 2nd album of the year, Murder Of The Universe, unleashed a sinister jam of sludgy guitars and cyborg narratives. But their third album of 2017, Sketches Of Brunswick East, is a straight up explosion of jazz infused psychedelia.

This collaborative album merges King Gizzard with LA’s Mild High Club. Both bands base their distinct styles around the off-beat jazz spontaneity laden with soulful hooks and fluent improv. The opening title track embodies a smooth serenity in the vein of a dramatic 70’s film score. Together, the two bands reassemble previous written samples into everflowing jams.

While Mild High Club’s unruffled soundscape dominates, King Gizzard sets the foundation. They unleash their signature menacing tone on “D-Day” and “Tezeta,” which rivals Flying Microtonal Banana. On “The Spider And Me” and “Dusk To Dawn On Lygon St” the two bands espouse lively melodies basking in a soundscape of dreamy undertones. Vocalist Stu Mackenzie delivers placid 60’s pop-esq vocals.

Is this the best album release of 2017? Absolutely not! But I doubt that’s what King Gizzard intended. The anticipation for Sketches of Brunswick East was rather dubious with only speculation circulating around the band’s fan page on Facebook. But it came as a bombshell and released in an unconventional manner.

But overall, Sketches Of Brunswick East is an acid trip of an album. Absent are the repetative psych hooks of Flying Microtonal Banana and the fist-pumping metalish chops of Murder Of The Universe. This album is best when listened with an informal ear.


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