Vinyl Vlog 332

Vinyl Vlog 332

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard With Mild High Club

Sketches Of Brunswick East

photo: turntablelab.com

In some ways, Sketches of Brunswick East is an album that left me more impressed with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard than Murder of the Universe. The latter album is what made me fall in love with the band and solidified what the name “King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard” is supposed to represent musically. But, this band doesn’t adhere by any standards: yours or mine. And if I’ve learned one thing about this band it’s that they are as prolific they are prone to change their skin.

Murder of the Universe is an unabashed psychedelic rock opera that you’d be a fool not to appreciate. And boy did I ever. I was expecting (or hoping) that Sketches of Brunswick East would be more of the same, but sure enough, I was mistaken. While their latest release Gumboot Soup is an album that’s sporting flute-driven psyechedelia, this album is more around the lines of chill 70s lounge music. It’s the perfect thing to play on those lazy Sunday afternoons while reading the paper and smoking your pipe on your barcalounger. It’s low on the narrative and heavy on the groove, funk, jazz, and soul. There’s not a hint of the “other” King Gizzard here. Seriously, the band transforms effortlessly, and that’s quite impressive.

Of course you’re going to want the vinyl version to complete the package. Nothing fancy here, just a gorgeous gatefold sleeve, sporting some over-the-top-yet-fitting artwork pressed on 180g vinyl. Keepin’ it classy, I see.

So, make yourself an old-fashioned as you wind down your week and give this record a spin. You’re gonna relax whether you want to or not, maaaan.

Get it straight from ATO.

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