Prolific rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have continued what is ostensibly the lead-up to a new record, sharing their second new single in a month by way of “Some of Us”.
Appearing at midnight, the new single is a blistering snapshot of the Melbourne collective’s unique compositional style, featuring hazy vocals, shifting rhythms, and what appears to be the ongoing return of microtonal tuning.
“This Cookie [Cook Craig, multi-instrumentalist] penned, Stu sung song came together early this year as the world was slowly descending into madness, but before it was truly on fire,” the group explained on social media.
“Can’t wait to show y’all some more tunes before we go down in flames.”
Some Of Us on Youtube!
This Cookie penned, Stu sung song came together early this year as the world was slowly descending into madness, but before it was truly on fire.
Can't wait to show y’all some more tunes before we go down in flames.
— King Gizzard (@kinggizzard) August 13, 2020
Accompanying the song is a video clip directed, edited, and shot by John Angus Stewart, with production duties handled by Max Coles, and features the group making heavy use of a thermal camera.
The new single follows on from the release of last month’s “Honey”, which leaned heavily on acoustic instrumentation. Similarly, both it and “Some of Us” have given 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.
This followed on from the comments made by Mackenzie during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session back in April, where the prolific artist hinted towards future recordings being made by the group.
“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.”
While King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are yet to announce whether a new record is indeed on the way, “Some of Us” features an abrupt ending like “Honey” which indicates it is set to seamlessly transition into another track.