TWO THINGS about New Zealand’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: one. They’re immense, ass ‘n’ tousled locks-shaking fun. Two. Christ, they’re prolific. Their cup of creativity runneth o’er.
Twenty-three albums in eight years, if you follow the Discogs tally of these things – a mere three this year, slackers – but that’s only if count physical releases; their most recent album, K.G., only hit the racks in November.
But there’s plenty of year left in which to bathe in the psych, so they’ve released a brilliant animation for a new track: “If Not Now, Then When?”. You can watch the skills of New Zealand-based director, animator and graphic artist Dr D Foothead, who said: “The song made me consider how individual action or inaction affects the world. What happens when our repressed pain, darkness and confusion manifest and influence our surroundings and relationships?
“I wanted to explore the journey of a character who has neglected their inner shadow, and how this energy manifests physically and becomes a force of its own.”
Last month also saw the release of the caught-in-concert set, Live In San Francisco ’16.
We can only marvel at what kingly and wizardly delights 2021 is set to usher in.