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Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2017 Ratings: #374 / 725
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Based on 437 ratings
2017 Ratings: #68
February 24, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

It's clear that the experiment was a success and that the microtuned instruments fit in perfectly with their oddball aesthetic. It's also evident that King Gizzard can do no wrong, and as the first of five planned albums for 2017, Flying Microtonal Banana will be hard for them to top.

80
Exclaim!

While this experiment (and use of the zurna) might perhaps not being everyone's cup of tea, Flying Microtonal Banana is a rollicking groove machine of a record, as explorative and endlessly searching as the band themselves.

80
DIY

Rich, imaginative, and more than a little strange.

80
Northern Transmissions

‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is a hazy, propulsive rock record that shimmers all kinds of different colours. A middle eastern flavour ripples through the album’s 9 tracks; you can almost feel the humidity from busy street markets and with it different tastes and smells.

80
The Needle Drop

The new King Gizzard album, while not a thorough experiment in microtonal tuning, is a fun and intense psych rock experience.

75
The 405

Like last year’s Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard’s performances are muscular and relentless. Though the songs still fade into one another, Flying Microtonal Banana is far more compact.

74
Pitchfork

If Flying Microtonal Banana’s randomized approach is ultimately less transfixing than Nonagon Infinity’s maniacal focus, it nonetheless shows that, after eight previous albums, this band’s creativity and curiosity knows no bounds, and their singular balance of anarchy and accessibility is still in check.

72
GIGsoup

‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ is equally as bonkers in musicality as its title suggests - yet its dynamic, ever-changing psychedelic rock certainly refreshes the industry palette.

70
Crack Magazine

On Flying Microtonal Banana, their mix of experimentation, insatiably chugging rhythms, and classic psych screech-and-squawk, sounds so, so right.

70
Sputnikmusic
Predictably, it still sounds sorta, kinda, exactly like a King Gizzard album.
70
PopMatters

All of the weirdo tones and notes of the album will certainly be a point of divergence in opinion on Flying Microtonal Banana ... in the execution, while ambitious and interesting, the band could have gone further and broader.

65
Under The Radar

Flying Microtonal Banana is a rock album drawing from a more nuanced tonal palate. It's a serious ask; why did western music abandon this complex tapestry of notes in favor of comfortable simplicity?

60
Loud and Quiet

This is probably the most focused full-length yet from the Melbourne outfit, each track imbued with a palpable sense of purpose.

60
The Guardian

Flying Microtonal Banana is occasionally pleasant but mostly pedestrian. If anything, it’s a step back from the experimentation of last year’s fierce Nonagon Infinity

58
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a solid record and one that’s sure to please fans, myself included, even if it doesn’t meet the highs of its predecessor.

RakkSmells
86
For King Gizzard's first album out of their 5 released in 2017, the band experiment with microtonal instruments and go for a more middle-eastern influenced sound. While the concept could've been fleshed out some more the actual result of this album is an amazing psychedelic rock album including some of King Gizzard's most catchy and unique sounding tracks yet. Songs like Melting, Sleep Drifter, Billabong Valley and the title track have a very Middle Eastern sound, which gives them this very ... read more
morningsbell
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ACreativeName
55
they really decided that first track was the one that needed to be 7 and a half minuets huh
MiaWatterson
100
Flying Microtonal Banana is the first King Gizzard 2017 album (it was followed by 4 other records released in the same year). This is an ambitious project that connects both the concept and the style itself in a really interesting way. It's innovative and creative. The usage of microtones gives the album a fresh and unique sound, something that really amazed me due to its exotic sound. The songs are catchy, intense and maybe hypnotic. I love all of those weird mixes of influences and ... read more
Stankysauce
97
I am back with more King Gizz reviews, this is epic. I love King Gizzard, it's rare that I am actually disappointed by their albums, an outlier to this could he Sketches of Brunswick East, that album gets pretty boring. But I'm not here to talk about that one, I am here to talk about Flying Microtonal Banana.
This is one of their best albums and a lot of it comes down to the super weird wind instruments, the progressive moments along with the weird theme of microtonal tuning that they use for ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rattlesnake
  2. Melting
  3. Open Water
  4. Sleep Drifter
  5. Billabong Valley
  6. Anoxia
  7. Doom City
  8. Nuclear Fusion
  9. Flying Microtonal Banana
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