9 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their 14th album, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard embrace a new change of pace. After a hectic 2017—where they released a total of five albums—the Melbourne seven-piece pumped the brakes a little in 2018, allowing the band to formulate a new, different approach to the album that would become Fishing for Fishies. The result is a significant shift away from the dynamic, psychedelic jams they’ve become known for, with the focus being on diverse yet rhythmically structured, contained songs.

Previous concept albums from the group have focused on musical ideas and fantastical themes—all songs on Quarters were of equal length, and Nonagon Infinity can be played on an infinite loop. On Fishing for Fishies, they turn their focus to the environment, singing about plastic pollution and the overuse of technology. The striding “The Bird Song,” which is bright and mellow—a side they hadn’t shown since 2015’s trippy, folk-driven Paper Mâché Dream Balloon—is a reflection on the relational nature between humans and animals over jazzy piano pop. That said, it’s clear that King Gizzard have one thing on their mind: having a boogie. In fact, they think dancing is so nice they named it such, thrice: “Boogieman Sam,” “Plastic Boogie,” and “Cyboogie” are groovy romps through hard rock, barroom hijinks, and proggy space rock, respectively.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their 14th album, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard embrace a new change of pace. After a hectic 2017—where they released a total of five albums—the Melbourne seven-piece pumped the brakes a little in 2018, allowing the band to formulate a new, different approach to the album that would become Fishing for Fishies. The result is a significant shift away from the dynamic, psychedelic jams they’ve become known for, with the focus being on diverse yet rhythmically structured, contained songs.

Previous concept albums from the group have focused on musical ideas and fantastical themes—all songs on Quarters were of equal length, and Nonagon Infinity can be played on an infinite loop. On Fishing for Fishies, they turn their focus to the environment, singing about plastic pollution and the overuse of technology. The striding “The Bird Song,” which is bright and mellow—a side they hadn’t shown since 2015’s trippy, folk-driven Paper Mâché Dream Balloon—is a reflection on the relational nature between humans and animals over jazzy piano pop. That said, it’s clear that King Gizzard have one thing on their mind: having a boogie. In fact, they think dancing is so nice they named it such, thrice: “Boogieman Sam,” “Plastic Boogie,” and “Cyboogie” are groovy romps through hard rock, barroom hijinks, and proggy space rock, respectively.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

pyrobass5 ,

Why can’t I download the rest of the album???

So, I preordered and have the first 4 tunes that came out ahead of the release date 4/26. Now iTunes shows I’ve purchased the rest, but unable to download. Any ideas?

AbsolutionCalling ,

4 stars, but...

...Not quite the same quality as a lot of their other albums. Some good songs, but not as strong lyrically. The sound is also not as big, unpredictable and diverse throughout. But overall pretty good. Really good tracks- Acarine, Cyboogie, Real's Not Real, This Thing. Pretty good tracks- Fishing for Fishies, Boogieman Sam. Okay tracks- Bird Song. Cruel Millennial, Plastic Boogie

Erikman86 ,

Bruh

Now this is a bruh moment

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