King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Have Released New Video For Kepler-22b

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Photo by Jason-Galea

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have released a new video for “Kepler-22b.” “Kepler-22b” samples Barney Mcall’s  “Yemaya One,” and the accompanying video directed by Alex McLaren reflects its vibrant, electric instrumentation. “I actually found Barney’s  record at a store in New York,” says Cook Craig. “I hadn’t heard any of his stuff before, but remember putting it on and being blown away straight up. I remember thinking damn this is literally a sampler’s dream. It took me a while before I actually realized he was from Melbourne too. I guess it’s funny like that, sometimes you gotta travel halfway around the world to discover an inspiring piece of music made by someone who probably lives on the same block as you.”

McLaren explains the inspiration behind the video: “Sean and I wanted to have a mix of different animation styles. The initial aesthetic inspiration was taken from classic abstract painted jazz album covers, then fused with a Cruise ship aesthetic that came to us once Ambrose sent some reference footage through of the band in longing around in Hawaiian shirts.”

Following 2020’s KG and 2021’s LW and Butterfly 3000Omnium Gatherum feels like a Greatest Hits album, in its variety and the strength of the songs – only you’ve never heard any of these tracks before. It’s the sound of a group operating at their absolute peak, a group motivated by a deserved confidence that they could try their hands at anything Omnium Gatherum’s sprawling 16 tracks of gonzoid prog jams, dizzying pop nuggets, rubber-legged hip-hop odysseys and passages of pure thrash-metal abandon offer plenty for Gizzard fans and neophytes alike to chew on. It’s the perfect entry point for newcomers, and a solid treat for the faithful as well.

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