King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Gumboot Soup
The fifth album of 2017 from king gizzard finally on physical formats. A ‘collection of songs’ is the most accurate description for this album. Unlike the rest of 2017’s releases – or anything Gizz have produced since 2014’s I’m in Your Mind Fuzz – Gumboot Soup isn’t held together by any semblance of a concept, leading many to dub it a sequel to their 2014 hotchpotch Oddments. Still, there is one relatively consistent element: Gumboot Soup is Gizz’s most thorough embrace of melody ever, with the band going all in on infectious psych-pop tunes. Beginner’s Luck – not just because of its gambling-based lyrics – does this particularly well, sprinkled with Beatles influence and topped off with an exhilaratingly erratic wah-wah guitar solo. The penultimate track I’m Sleepin’ In commits to this idea even further, with a beat so catchy it practically begs to be clapped along to. Elsewhere, the band blend this direction with the jazz-prog rhythms of the previous two records Polygondwanaland and Sketches of Brunswick East. Barefoot Desert and The Last Oasis – both fronted by harmonica player Ambrose Kenny-Smith – achieve this in two distinct ways. The former’s tight groove and yelpy vocals give it a slight Talking Heads vibe, whilst the latter’s heavenly vocals and lush instrumentation sound like a hypnagogic re-imagining of a SoBE track. Muddy Water – as well as being the third Gizz song named after a description of water – is an enthralling prog folk flurry that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Jethro Tull album, elaborately intertwining acoustic guitar, bass and drum rhythms. Later on, Cook Craig fronts Down the Sink, a delectable slice of funk rock unlike anything else the group have done before. (Rockhaq)
Printed inner sleeve with lyrics. This is the 5th installment of King Gizzard’s five albums from 2017 on physical formats.
Includes download card.
Release date: 31.12.2017