For over a decade, Australian six-piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have pushed the musical boundaries in a way that few bands/artists have ever. The band has alone released 25 studio albums since their first 12 Bar Bruise in 2012. Throughout their musical journey, the band has tackled genres that range from psychedelia, prog, metal, and with The Silver Cord they venture into electronic.
Like much of what they have done in the past, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard make jumping headfirst into a completely new genre look effortless. We continually have to question, "Is there anything this band can't do?". The band has taken the traditions of the music business and turned them on it's head. Often releasing albums with little to no press as a surprise for their gleeful followers. Not surprisingly, the band has garnered a cult following because of this.
The band doesn't do much with instrumentals on the album, at least the shorter version (That's right there's two versions of this one, the deluxe version features tracks that average about ten minutes). The band themselves acknowledge the approach a synth like they would a guitar in quotes from their pressers. Stu Mackenzie states: “I play the Juno synthesizer like a guitar, I don’t really know how to play it. But I wanted to be at peace with being the rock band pretending to know how to use modular synthesizers. We’re in uncharted waters, we’re further out to sea, but leaning into it, we got to a spot where we were really happy with what came out.”
So how does The Silver Cord hold up? Is it the best electronic album we've ever heard? Absolutely not. But it's a fun, faithful ode to the genre.
Rating - 4/5