Following the frazzled freakbeat of 2016’s Nonagon Infinity, the endlessly inventive septetreturn in 2017 with new album Flying Microtonal Banana, their ninth studio album in five years, and the first of five – count ‘em – planned new albums to be recorded and released in 2017 and beyond.
Flying Microtonal Banana marks another subtle shift in sound as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drive deep into trance-inducing drones, inventive jazz flourishes, non-Western musical scales and metronomic rhythms that motor along like a well-oiled engine. So unique and evolved is the album’s sound that it necessitated a total reinvention of the band’s instruments after they beganexperimenting with a custom microtonal guitar made for frontman Stu Mackenzie.
Inspired by the movable frets of the Turkish bağlama, three cheap old guitars and a basswere customized in order to explore a new set of musical notes. A keyboard and mouth organ followed suit and so Flying Microtonal Banana was born.