While it’s easy to admire the sheer chutzpah of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard opening their twentieth album in 10 years with the 18-minute epic The Dripping Tap, they become that much more easy to love once the song’s immediate accessibility becomes instantly apparent.
To their detractors they’ve always been erratic at best, but here they ramp up the melodicism and play with all the gusto of musicians who have been separated for far too long.
While heavy nuggets Gaia and Predator X chug with both purpose and a sense of menace, the mellow grooves of Magenta Mountain and The Garden Goblin find the band exploring vistas that simultaneously soothe and expand the mind.
Indeed, the electric piano and pumping bass at the heart of Presumptuous evoke an endless summer of cloudless skies. Crucially, this album casts its psychedelic net wide to broaden their appeal.