Album Notes - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000

Album Notes - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000

June 20, 2021

...but this time it's different. If previous records from these guys haven't been your jam, don't stop when you read the name. You just might like this one. 

We last met King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard on their December 2020 effort K.G. Since then, February saw the release of its companion L.W., notable for the fact that these are parts two and three in what was dubbed "Explorations into Microtonal Tuning" first explored on 2017's Flying Microtonal Banana. Repeating that which has already been conquered had always been antithetical to King Gizzard's MO. 

At last, order has been restored in the Gizzverse. The Aussies hinted at something out of left field for the new album. Their most melodic, and arguably most accessible, was probably not what avid fans were expecting, which alone makes it quintessentially Gizz. "Dream pop" has been thrown around to describe Butterfly 3000, but as the group unveils ten tracks that sound unlike anything else in their extensive catalog (eighteen studio albums in nine years, for those keeping score), and are largely built around arpeggiated synth loops, "Gizz pop" might be the only accurate label for what is, apparently, frontman Stu Mackenzie's favorite.

For a band that designs albums to begin where they end, while others segue seamlessly from one track to the next, along with intertwining themes and characters through multiple songs and sometimes across different records, Butterfly 3000 is yet another galaxy in the ever expanding Gizzverse. It's still King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard...