For all the good work it’s done in bringing music to the masses, it’s fair to say that the Internet has been just as successful in sucking all of the surprises out of discovering a great new band.
With Youtube, Spotify and more online music blogs than you can shake the proverbial stick at, the days of rummaging through the racks at a local music store and picking a new album based on little more than the cover are gone for good.
Or at least they were until King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard came along.
Stumbling by happy accident upon the cover for the band’s fifth album, it’s impossible not to be a little intrigued by that giant hand of doom, those ghostly demons and of course, that utterly mental name.
Thankfully, I’m in Your Mind Fuzz turns out to be every bit as batshit crazy as the cover implies. What’s more, in a world where very few genuine surprises remain, King Gizzard… deliver them in abundance.
Just when you think you’ve got this album pegged as a psychedelic assault of breakneck basslines and wild guitars, all roaring their way over a less-than-subtle hint of supercharged blues, you suddenly find you’ve been carried off into an eerie new realm where falsetto vocals float by on a cloud of hypnotic flute playing.
Nor does the ride end there. With each brazen, unpredictable turn, I’m in Your Mind Fuzz veers into exciting new territory before returning always to what its creators appear to do best: Fusing the best of pop, blues, psychedelia and pure balls-to-the-wall rock ‘n’ roll to create one of the more pleasantly surprising albums this writer has heard in a long while.
Recommended tracks: Cellophane, Am I in Heaven,