You never know what you are going to get from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (KGATLW) and their latest album, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, is no exception. While KGATLW seemed to be headed to a slightly more mellow place with their Quarters! album from earlier this year, after the much heavier chaotic psych release of I’m In Your Mind Fuzz in 2014, the latest one is ultimately another experiment and change in direction for the Australian psychedelic garage band.
From the album’s title, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, to the artwork, featuring clay versions of the band members on some idealistic hippie farm, the album’s aesthetic is well-suited for a kid’s bedroom in the early 1970s.
The opening track “Sense” is unexpectedly jazzy and, even more unexpectedly, easy listening, but even as it mellowly drifts along there are disquieting bursts of urgent drums and uneasy strings in the background, a recurring theme on several tracks.