K.G. Album Review

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I feel it’s only fair to preface this by establishing the immense love I have for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. With that disclaimer out of the way, K.G. is an amazing album. Being one of the plethora of album releases by the prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, it certainly is quite the challenge to make a record that genuinely stands out. With this under consideration, it makes all the more sense why K.G. is so great. 

Their 16th studio album, it’s their most experimental, taking the microtonal tuning established in their 2017 album Flying Microtonal Banana and running with it. And that frankly, is what makes the album so appealing. The Middle Eastern and South Asian sounds, which are present in songs like “Intrasport” and “Automation,” aren’t often heard in western music and are done justice by the band’s interpretations. With this said, however, it’s likely not everyone will be a fan of the musical style. Luckily, the album consists of stand-out singles that can appeal to a wider audience, like the song “Honey,” which not only serves as a mellow tune that stands on its own but as a musical allegory for currently ongoing events.

And with that lies a problem I have with the album. It over relies fairly heavily on current events in many of its songs. Not to say there’s anything wrong with that; however, numerous individuals use music as an outlet from their day to day lives, and I hardly believe that camp of listeners want to be reminded of said lives while they’re trying to relax and listen to music. 

Another issue is the album does not have wide appeal. Microtonality is fairly uncommon in western music and a large group of listeners likely won’t be interested.

Overall, K.G. is an amazing album that stands apart from the rest of the pack. If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern and eastern music, give it a listen and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not, give a listen to some singles from the album, like “Honey” and “Automation,” to dip your toes before jumping head first into the album.