Prolific Melbourne rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have sent fans into a flurry of speculation that a new album is on the way after they posted an instrumental preview on social media this morning.
The clip – which was shared on the band’s social media accounts as well as the Instagram account for Flightless Records – shows a snippet of frontman Stu Mackenzie performing on what looks and sounds like a microtonal acoustic guitar.
Speculation was quick to rise due in part to the fact that the reappearance of a microtonal instrument may mean the group are working on a follow-up to their 2017 album, 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.”
Fans over on Reddit were quick to look into this new snippet from the group, with one user pointing out that if a sound recognition service such as Shazam is used, it reveals the compositions’ name to be “Honey”. This too follows on from the post made by Flightless Records on Instagram, which complemented the post with a honeypot emoji.
While there’s no other information available regarding the clip or a potential new album, it’s currently been close to a year since the release of their last studio album, Infest the Rats’ Nest. While a number of live releases, and the documentary film RATTY, have been shared in that time, it remains to be seen when a new studio effort from the group will emerge.