The ever-prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have unveiled another epic 13-minute film to accompany ‘The Lord Of Lightning Vs. Balrog’, the 2nd ‘chapter’ from their forthcoming album, Murder Of The Universe, which is released on Friday 23rd June 2017 on Heavenly Recordings.
The film was directed by long-time collaborator Jason Galea with Ben Jones.
Recorded at Flightless HQ in East Brunswick, Melbourne Australia in early 2017 and produced by the band’s Stu Mackenzie, the album follows the release of Flying Microtonal Banana in February, the first of their 2017 five-album-salvo.
A disorienting experience, the album hinges on three distinct sections that rise from larval beds, and whose lyrics should be carved in stone, squeezed from moss, discovered in ancient runes. And all the while a passing cast of characters imbue the tale with both human and non-human emotions.
Snippets of earlier recordings breakthrough collection I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout like ghostly shadow form to haunt their latest sound. In years to come, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will be judged not by their separate albums, but by a body of work where themes, melodies, motifs, riffs and ideas resurface and recur, each album peeling back a layer of the onion to glimpse at past and future alike.
“We’ve always thought of our albums as portals through which you can move from one to the other,” says Stu. “Or maybe each album is a bridge to the next part of the story. Songs sync together, records can be played in loops and past ideas recur or are reprised, and then woven into new textures. These ideas aren’t necessarily contrived though…sometimes these just happen.”