A few hours ago, Australian psychedelic cult band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announced their 12th studio album and 4th release of 2017 “Polygondwanaland” with a set release date of this upcoming Friday, November 14th.
The band made this announcement through social media including Facebook and Twitter. The band added a supplemental statement on Facebook, claiming that the record is free to reproduce through various media including CD and vinyl.
“This album is FREE. Free as in, free. Free to download and if you wish, free to make copies. Make tapes, make CD’s, make records. The following files will be available to download at 9am Friday 17 Nov, Melbourne, Australia time at kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com”
On October 18th of this year, the band dropped a teaser track for the record titled ‘Crumbling Castles’. While the song had been rarely played live before, this is the band’s first studio release of the song. Since the track was released, the band had remained quiet about the progress of the record until today.
Back in November of last year, the band stated that they were planning on releasing 5 records in 2017. So far the band has released 3 to count: “Flying Microtonal Banana” in February, “Murder of the Universe” in June, and “Sketches of Brunswick East” in August with experimental Jazz outfit Mile High Club. Nothing has officially been said about the status of their 5th release of the year.
The band has just wrapped up a North American/European tour last month and are currently focusing on playing shows in Australia. They will resume touring Europe by the start of 2018. No news on future shows in North America as of current.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard was created back in 2011 and has since released 11 full-length albums. The band has usually made it a habit to make around 2 releases a year (with the exception of 2016). Their records usually experiment with different concepts and techniques, ranging multi-album narratives to spoken word. This year’s “Flying Microtonal Banana” saw the band diving into the realm of microtonal tuning, while their 2016 release “Nonagon Infinity” presented the idea of album that, when looped, can theoretically play forever.
Below are some of the band’s more popular songs on Youtube, with ‘Rattlesnake’ accruing over 1.2 million views.