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Aussie legends King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back with their eighteenth studio album, Butterfly 3000. Arriving with ten brand new tracks, the fearless record came to be during isolation, recorded entirely in the band members’ own homes, daring not to enter their studio and rehearsal space.
Through setting boundaries and rules for the recording process, the band were ultimately pushed out of their comfort zone, navigating the challenging terrain of creating remotely, whilst also incorporating instrumentation that up until now remained unfamiliar. Bringing modular synthesizers to the collection of songs, Stu Mackenzie shares: “As we’re not very skilled at them and don’t have the deepest knowledge of this stuff, we’d get happy accidents – lots of weird, wrong, broken sounds we flipped and looped and turned into songs.”
Taking new sonic leaps, the focused record is built upon synthesisers and sequencers, looping and layering non-traditional noises that when woven together create exciting new soundscapes. Mackenzie describes the record as “weird, odd, off-kilter polymetric arpeggios in strange time signatures, but with proper grooves you can stomp along to. At heart it’s avant garde, but a six-year-old could enjoy it.”
The six-piece will be taking to the stage this August, performing a five-night residency at Sydney's Carriageworks as part of the Vivid LIVE 2021 line up. First release tickets have sold out, with a second release announcement set to drop shortly. Sign up here for second release announcement.
Butterfly 3000 is out now!