King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Oddments (LP, Grimace Purple Coloured Vinyl)
Oddments is the album where King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard start to come into their own as a concept and a band. After making cranked up garage rock records, spaghetti western soundtracks, and records where they sound like they were trying on styles as easily as one might try on new socks, this is where all the genres and effects start to blend together into a sound that is King Gizzard's alone. At times, it tips alarmingly in the direction of lo-fi production and there are a few songs that are almost throwaways (like the silly "Hot Wax"), but the overall feel is more relaxed and confident as it blends garage rock, psychedelic, and left of the dial pop into a heady, unmistakable blend. Tracks like the soft focus psych ballad "Stressin'," or the trippy folk-rock "Crying," have an easy confidence that allows the band to play calmly and still transmit the same energy as their crazed garage tracks. There are a couple of those here and they sound even more unhinged than past efforts, especially the 17-second-long "ABABCd." To make up for the brevity of that song there's a 20-plus-minute jam, "Alluda Majaka," which kicks the record off in fine and weird fashion, stretching a spy movie theme into a long organ solo that feels endless in a good way. That the song never gets boring is testament to the band's abilities and imagination. In fact, the entire record is confirmation of those factors and shows them growing up nicely while still remaining as weird as can be. The only thing lacking from the record is higher production values, but that's not enough to ruin the experience and this is the most interesting of the band's early albums.
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8. Hot Wax
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