King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (Flightless/ATO, 2017)
Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard brings forth an unusual psychedelic 60s rock inspired album. This record will take you on a hypnotizing trip to a place where world music fuses with psychedelic sounds. If you play this record at a social gathering, people will instantly ask where this music comes from. Their track “Billabong Valley” features the sitar guitar, a traditional musical instrument from India. The song blends psychedelic rock with traditional Indian music rather smoothly. “Open Water” also features the sitar guitar, but it’s complemented by 60s garage guitar riffs. Their track “Anoxia” also combines rock and world music that can put the best of us in a haze. In “Doom City,” you’ll hear a heavy bassline and various electronic and guitar sounds. It’s a confusing ballad that sounds bizarre and yet astonishing. Flying Microtonal Banana is a world of its own for us to discover.
Trial Track: “Billabong Valley”