Heavenly Recordings – out now
Already seven albums into their five-year career, seven-piece Aussie psych minstrels King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard know a thing or two about being prolific. Recorded entirely on acoustic instruments, latest album Paper Maché Dream Balloon is a country mile away from the doom-laden electric blues of their 2014 breakout I’m In Your Mind Fuzz. Opener ‘Sense’ is bursting with sneaky clarinet lines and chilled lounge bar melodies while ‘The Bitter Boogie’ is a brilliant update of Canned Heat’s ‘On The Road’. Elsewhere, the seraphic fluting of ‘Dirt’ evokes earlier single ‘Hot Water’. Clearly King Gizzard aren’t interested in being made to pace themselves, their independent ethos shows this. This is their folk album, and mostly it reveals a band bursting with great music.