King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, to put it as plainly as possible, are music making machines. Since the band formed in 2010, they have done nothing but crank out content. Eight full length albums and two EPs in a six year span is impressive output by any measure, and their latest offering, Nonagon Infinity, proves that it is possible to sustain maximum quality with high quantity. Because quite frankly, this album is nothing short of amazing.
Nonagon Infinity is what I would call an album’s album. It is blistering and magical. From start to finish, it is an experience. Let me be clear on what I mean. There are, technically, nine tracks on this album, but in truth this album is comprised of one forty-one minute, forty-five second musical experience that should be appreciated and enjoyed as a whole. The tracks flow seamlessly into one another, elements from early tracks pop back up in later tracks, and as you listen you will completely lose your place. Even after listening through the entire work five times, I still can’t tell when one song ends and another begins unless I’m watching the timer. Mostly because it’s all so good I don’t care where I am. It’s a journey. Not listening to this entire album does a disservice to the music and to your experience. Just don’t do it.
The music itself is fast paced, psychedelic, and pulls from so many musical stylings it’s hard to keep up. At different points, it falls into something akin to a nineteen-fifties jazz lounge, transforms into a middle eastern inspired guitar riff, then dances around something close to Indian music. And somehow, none of it ever feels out of place. There is always enough to connect every second of the music to a single thread that is consistent from first track to last. When it’s over, you’ll want to ride the wave again and again, which is easy, because Nonagon Infinity is, literally, an infinite loop of music. Track nine blends seamlessly back into the beginning of track one, so if you put this album on repeat, you’ll never even realize it ended.
Don’t be surprised if, at the end of the year, you see Nonagon Infinity cracking people’s album of the year lists. There is nothing here that I can point to as being problematic. Not a track that I can single out as being weak by comparison or not working. It all works and it should all be consumed. I loved this album, in case you can’t tell. Impressive, considering I chose to listen to this album because I thought the band’s name was funny.
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Favorite Track: Gamma Knife