Review: Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
By Harvie Taylor
If you have never heard of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard I feel extremely sorry for you. They are a somewhat lost relic of the golden age of psychedelic rock, they bring the best bits of the genre to a new audience while attempting keeping up with modern musical trends.
Remember this band isn’t for everyone; the lack of a standard musical instrumentation and structure can make it unbearable to some, give it a listen and see for yourself.
The new album ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is a trip to say the least, the 9 songs offer 41 minutes of music that will keep you confused and bobbing the whole time.
The album is much softer compared to the 2016 album ‘Nonagon Infinity’. Washed out vocals and an emphasis on high tonal guitar tend to make the album feel a little empty and drained. A direct contrast to this is the song ‘Billabong Valley’, while still lacking in much that made their previous album great, it stands out among the rest of the album.
Many of the songs are hard to remember and differ little from the rest of the album, it seems there is a lack of hits in this album like ‘Robot stop’ and ‘Gamma knife’ from their previous album. This alone leads me to suggest listening to it on a streaming service before you buy. Listen to the songs ‘Melting’ and ‘Nuclear Fusion’ to get the general feeling of the album.
All and all ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is exactly what is says it is, microtonal. Microtonal is the use of musical steps smaller than a semitone (quartertones commonly found in Indian and Middle Eastern music), these notes aren’t found on common western instruments such as a piano or guitar.
Every song on this album utilises quartertones making it completely different from western music that is known to only use full and half tones.
This album is ballsy and it’s trying to do something different… but honestly it needs LSD or a strong taste for microtonal music to enjoy.