Where iconic tracks like Melting, Open Water and Billabong Valley pushed the boundary of psych with strange, but uniquely compelling, forays with odd sounds, by comparison, the opener, Ataraxia East West Link and See Me suffer due to a distinct lack of melodic direction, while re-hashing the concepts that were better understood four years ago. Even the best tracks here hardly showcase new directions with the sound; O.N.E. has extremely confident and cathartic guitar leads by its final moments, but the opening minutes could have kicked off any number of King Gizzard tracks. Pleura has some great contrast dynamics between its choruses and verses and Supreme Ascendancy's unexpected, almost IDM-inspired percussive loop does wonders for the groove of the track, as well housing as one of the best vocal performances on the album, but neither deliver anything all that new for the band.
However, being a King Gizzard record, you can't expect L.W. to not at least have some surprises, and they definitely save the best for last with the incredible stoner rock opus, K.G.L.W. While lyrically scant, the chugging riffs and wailing leads here definitely make up for some of the wasted time on prior tracks, and prove there is gas left in the metal tank after Rats' Nest. It's a great send-off for the album, mimicking and expanding the band's heavier side to an extremely gratifying degree. And while L.W. may not be as fleshed-out as its predecessors, hopefully it serves as a musical palate cleanser to whet our appetite for King Gizzard's return to experimental form on their next release.
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