King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s second album of 2023 is their most severe left turn yet. The Silver Cord has them ditching their guitars, basses, drums and microtonal instruments and picking up a wide variety of synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers to dabble in a wide variety of ’90s styles: techno, “electronica,” house, acid house, jungle/drum-and-bass, and more. But it’s still clearly made by King Gizzard and full of their trademarks, from frequent “WOOOOs” and growls that sound like a digeridoo, to the clearly impressive musicianship. “We’re in uncharted waters, we’re further out to sea, but leaning into it,” says frontman Stu McKenzie. “We got to a spot where we were really happy with what came out.” King Gizzard are clearly having fun with this, and that translates to the listener, too. It’s a fun album.
The Silver Cord comes in two forms: the “regular version of the album” which clocks in at a mere 28 minutes (one of their shortest), and the “extended version” which stretches out all the songs to over 10 minutes each, coming in at a whopping 1 hr, 28 minutes.
The album’s out Friday, but in Australia where they’re from it’s already Friday, so both versions are up on their Bandcamp now and you can listen below.