Days after first teasing its release via social media, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have officially released their first new single of 2020, sharing “Honey” overnight.
The track was first alluded to earlier this week when both the band and their label, Flightless Records, shared a brief clip of frontman Stu Mackenzie performing a small acoustic number. Speculation soon began to rise after it was revealed that using a sound recognition service like Shazam identified the song as “Honey” – in line with the emoji used by Flightless’ Instagram account.
Now, the group have officially released the new single, with both the song and its accompanying video clip arriving overnight. According to the credits on YouTube, the video was directed, edited, and photographed by John Angus Stewart, while production duties were handled by Max Coles, who also worked on the band’s Chunky Shrapnel film.
“Shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens,” Mackenzie wrote of the song on Twitter. “I wrote this song a couple of years ago. It’s nice to have it out in the world.”
Honey is on YouTube!
Shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens. I wrote this song a couple of years ago. It’s nice to have it out in the world ❤️
— King Gizzard (@kinggizzard) July 14, 2020
The acoustic teaser released on Monday gave rise to speculation that a new microtonal album was on the horizon from the group, serving as a follow-up to Flying Microtonal Banana, which was subtitled Explorations into Microtonal Tuning, Volume 1.
“were (sic) working on a few diff projects atm and not sure which will end up coming out next,” Mackenzie explained. “Some of it is pretty chill, some of it is kinda jazzy, some of it is microtonal. Also messing around with some more polymetric type stuff. I’m excited about it.”
At the current time, it remains to be seen whether a new album is indeed on the way from the prolific Melbourne outfit, though considering the ending of “Honey” appears to serve as a transition into another track, it appears as though further material is indeed set to arrive at some point.