Mother Nature decided to be a complete and utter Ho-Bag yesterday evening and thereby thwarting my fartlek plans, so after my retarded early wake-up and core workout, here I am now at ridiculous o’clock to run a 7-ishk hill workout on the treadmill before work.
I must be fucking insane.
Anyway, my listening pleasure du jour now is the ‘Gumboot Soup‘ album by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
I know, know…who the fuck is that?
That’s what I thought too.
About two months ago, it seemed like the entire “Vinylphile World” suddenly went totally ape shit (koala shit maybe?) for these Aussie psyche rockers.
On December 31st of last year, the Australian psych-rock collective finally fulfilled their long-standing promise to release five new albums in 2017, surreptitiously making this album available on their Bandcamp page a mere hours before the year came to an actual close.
How’s that for down to the wire?
And,yeah sure, maybe I am putting the cart before the horse by listening to the last album in the sequence of five (my first ever listen to the band at all I might add), but it just happened to be the perfect length for my anticipated 45 minute workout this morning…so there.
Now whether they were scrambling to make the deadline or were just withholding the new record until the last possible moment for dramatic effect, the photo finish likely felt just right for a wildly unpredictable band that seems to be flying by the seat of its cut-off shorts, yet apparently always manages to get the job done. And by this, I mean that they didn’t cook the books by dropping a lame ass 30-minute improv jam or cobbling together a bunch of acoustic song sketches and out-takes and calling it an “album”.
This is an album, with real tracks n’ all.
Even a title like ‘Gumboot Soup’ might suggest a sloppy collection of leftovers, but the record features some very delicately rendered songs by this otherwise bull-in-a-china-shop band. In it, I’m sure you’ll hear echoes of the band’s other 2017 releases (which I will get to in time I’m sure!) but being all new to me n’ shit, it’s still fresh and, well, exciting.
Yes, this is some good “Like, WOW man!” shit going on here.