Current Tracks: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard w/ Mild High Club - Countdown


The Australian septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard recently released their 11th album (and third of their projected five albums for 2017) Sketches of Brunswick East. The band is known for their prolific output and their variety of influences that range from heavy metal to garage and psych. Their latest release is a collection of jazz influenced songs recorded with Alex Brettin of the Los Angeles act Mild High Club.

Sketches of Brunswick East takes inspiration from the Miles Davis album Sketches of Spain and the name of the Melbourne suburb where the band’s studio is located. Previous albums such as Quarters have explored elements of jazz fusion through extended song structures, but here the tracks are shorter and feel more spontaneous, transforming them into vivid vignettes reminiscent of the sun-drenched neighborhood. Through collaboration with Alex Brettin, a trained jazz musician, both the technical and playful sides of King Gizzard are brought into full fruition.

The album’s second track “Countdown” combines the whimsy of King Gizzard’s acoustic album Paper Mache Dream Balloon with the mellow, low-fi nature of Mild High Club’s 2016 release Skiptracing. Introduced with a drum roll and followed by Stu Mackenzie’s soft but shrill vocal delivery, the song evolves into a multi-layered whirlwind of elevator music and dreamy psych. “Countdown” delivers a subdued and jazzy guitar solo with a subtle hint of funk, providing a sense of the smooth licks throughout the album. Tracks such as “Tezeta”, “The Spider and Me”, and “Rolling Stoned” further encapsulate the magic of the collaboration and experimentation between two fantastic bands.

You can stream Sketches of Brunswick East now on King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s bandcamp or on Spotify!

- Giorgia A.