The headline, “King Gizzard announce their 57th album” is running a little dry now, no matter how true it may soon be.
Quarters is the latest, and the sixth studio record in a measly three years to come from the Melbourne rompers. Prolific in their non-stop cycle of albums, worldwide touring and inventive vinyl and artwork, King Gizzard are not ones to be messed with.
A concept album of sorts, Quarters is divided into, well, quarters – four tracks equalling the ten-minute mark, respectively. The River is the first full-length ten-minute colossal beast to be shared from the Lizard Wizards – following from the radio edited, three-minute friendly God is in the Rhythm. King Gizzard haven’t returned to the ten-plus-minute epic tunes since their third record, Float Along, Fill Your Lungs.
Locking in an early groove, The River rides along with a mega cute guitar riff to keep along with Stu Mackenize’s vocal melody. This acts as a preamble to the first pitch shift of the song about a quarter the way through. The glossy veneer and lo-fi sound effect of King Gizzard’s has always been somewhat of a trademark –although not so much as to copy what Unknown Mortal Orchestra did so well on their debut – but the surprisingly washed out fidelity to this track presents a calming and lucid experience. Much to this effect is the added percussion: bongo taps and some kind of triangle clangs presenting like a gushing, peaceful stream.
The mid-track coda of claptrap guitar plucking and swirling psychic drum rhythms comes to break and regroups with the classic early groove established from the beginning of the song. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard no longer need to prove themselves to you. You just need to find ten minutes of your day to listen to this frantically picturesque song – and its equally charming, animated film clip. Quarters is what is going to set King Gizzard apart. Look lively, Australia.