I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is the latest album by Australian band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, the band name immediately draws retro seventies psychedelic connotations. The music does too. I couldn’t simply give you a taste of this album track by track as it welds together as a collective conceptual affair. The first clicks off into riff driven warped psychedelic racket. The initial songs of the album feel like a piece by piece affair, as if one song is part of another. The first few tracks contain a similar tempo convey a similar ambience.
The third track is the album’s leading single Cellophane. It’s hard to imagine a band like King Gizzard as a single’s band. It’s hard to extract one song off this record as an individual unit and even after listening to the track independently. The track has a catchy enough hook as a single but the storm of layers is rather overwhelming. I would commend the warped tape effects as it adds a retrospective trippy feel to the songs. The first four tracks feel entirely conceptual, like they could be an E.P on their own. The next track is entitled Empty stood out to me over the first songs. I can’t remember the last time I heard a flute on a contemporary record but I very much enjoyed the inclusion. The lyrics are a euphoric druggy affair. The mellow vibe of the song was a hit for me. The track slows down in tempo and with their trademark warps, the song turns into Hot Water. The melody is strong, the track is again led by favourite new instrument, the flute.
Am I In Heaven is an almost proto-punk affair, like George Harrison and Captain Beefheart got intoxicated with MC5. This track is a more aggressive riff driven song in comparison to the last few. It peaks and breaks down into acoustic guitars and tape warps. Slow Jam 1 is led by a sexy groovy guitar riff. The song is a chilled out affair, maybe this one is for the come down. Satan Speeds Up has a Black Sabbath-esque feel to it. The song delivers underwater style chilled out psychedelia. Her & I is their eight minute closer. It’s an epic psychedelic jam session delivering harmonies and romantic lyrics. The song includes plenty of infectious riffing and retro psychedelic style guitar solos, enough fuzz and wah wah to satisfy any psychedelic or seventies rock fanatic.
I’m In Your Mind Fuzz delivers what a fan of psychedelic rock would want. The album feels to be like a long playing conceptual album. It’s the type of record that should be experienced as a whole unit rather than dissecting individual tracks off it. I’d probably rate it a seven out of ten only for some of the cracks in consistently after the first few tracks.
I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is out now off CastleFace Records and is available to stream on Spotify.