King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe (ATO Records) 2017
For their second LP of 2017, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have created a monster, and it’s magnificent. As a band that constantly pushes its own creative boundaries, the Melbourne group have presented us with perhaps their most ambitious effort to date, complete with mutation, flesh-eating monsters and vomiting cyborgs. Murder of the Universe is a wonderfully bizarre, three-part feat of an album that is as conceptually insane on wax as it is on paper – and despite all this, it somehow works. The band’s signature genre-spanning sound is stretched to glorious dimensions of increasing insanity barely contained by Leah Senior’s borderline ridiculous, sobering spoken word. Murder of the Universe is a trip, but one that leaves you with a sense of unease that keeps you coming back for more.