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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W. (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W. (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:06 minutes | 502 MB | Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © KGLW (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)

The psychedelic rockers didn’t initially plan to make a pair of linked album. As frontman Stu Mackenzie explained in a statement, the original goal involved “the notes between the notes,” returning to the microtonal explorations they had first begun on 2017’s Flying Microtonal Banana. Then the quarantine compositions took on a life of their own. He said:

“We wanted to make new music that was somehow more colorful this time around, and which maybe reflected the many new things that we have learned along the way. After recording Flying Microtonal Banana the songs expanded when we played them live, so we felt ready to tackle the microtonal landscape again. Making these two new records was not expected, but because they were recorded in a way that was new to us – not being in the room at the same time – there was a feeling of almost being over-prepared, which is definitely not normal for us. Whatever normal is.”

KG and the LW fought this over-preparedness by recording the music video for “Pleura” live. The visuals were directed by John Angus Stewart, who previously led the band’s 2020 concert film Chunky Shrapnel. Here, the screen is broken down into six squares, with each section following a different member of the band. “There is something that happens with the way we perceive images, if something “live” is too produced, your mind sort of loses interest,” Stewart said. “With this format, we wanted to leave the editing up to the viewer. The decision of who to look at, and at what time determines each individual viewing experience. With each watch your experience will be completely different, which mirrors Gizzard’s experience playing the song live. The process is the same, yet the result is different.”

1. If Not Now, Then When? (03:50)
2. O.N.E. (03:40)
3. Pleura (04:11)
4. Supreme Ascendancy (03:39)
5. Static Electricity (05:49)
6. East West Link (03:08)
7. Ataraxia (05:17)
8. See Me (04:04)
9. K.G.L.W. (08:28)


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