King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz LP

(Castle Face, 2014)

 

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"‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ is the group’s fifth record and it impressively steers a path between repetitive motorik and dreamy melody. It’s split roughly into three parts: a four-song intro, a wild mid-section and an intimate conclusion. In the intro, three of the four tracks are named after variations of the album’s title (‘I’m In Your Mind’, ‘I’m Not In Your Mind’, ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’) and whoosh into each other in a surge of exaggerated riffs and soloing, and pounding percussion from drummers Eric Moore and Michael Cavanagh (yes, two of them) that even Pond might deem over the top.

The mid-section is bound together by flutters of flute, and veers from despondent glam-rock (‘Empty’) to freakish folk that’s like New York’s Woods on fast-forward (‘Hot Water’) via Thee Oh Sees-ish garage on ‘Am I In Heaven?’. As the album nears its end, things get more sultry. Frontman Stu Mackenzie’s vocals are warm and affected on ‘Slow Jam I’, and ‘Satan Speeds Up’ could be mistaken for a track from UMO’s 2011 debut, if it weren’t for the wild Sabbath riffing. ‘Her & I (Slow Jam 2)’ – an eight-minute carousel of twanging country guitars – concludes a mind-boggling but perfectly executed journey. They’re too wilfully mad to emulate Tame Impala’s success, but if you’re after a freaking out, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s outrageous noise deserves attention." - Lisa Wright for NME