King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, the seven piece psychedelic garage band from Melbourne, are set to release their seventh album in three years. Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, their latest output, is set for a November release.
The album will be a 12-track collection of acoustic songs, a sharp departure from their concept heavy, garage-rock laden previous releases.
Frontman Stu Mackenzie gave some insight on the abrupt change of genre on the band’s website, “After Mind Fuzz and Quarters I was starting to get over concept records. I wanted to make an album with a collection of short, unrelated songs. I wanted to steer away from electric guitar music, which I felt like we’d explored pretty heavily on the last couple.”
The frontman continues to explain how, while he intended to leave the world of concept albums, the rejection of the genre disallowed him from doing so.
“So, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, the concept-less concept album, got a concept,” he explained. “No electric instruments. Just acoustic guitars, flute, double bass, fiddle, harmonica, drum kit, clarinet, whatever we could find, really. We recorded it mostly in an empty shipping container on my parents’ farm in country Victoria. It was all horses, emus and Tim Tams.”
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon will be released on the 13th of November, it is currently up for preorder on the bands website.
If you’re looking for a first taste of the album, the title track is also up on iTunes.