King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup (Flightless Records, 2017)
Keeping the promise to their fans to release five albums in 2017, the Lizards snuck this one in under the wire on New Year’s Eve! But the Lizards are not anything if not prolific – this is their 13th full length in a little over six years, so fans have a lot to chew on and newbies have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, the band are proficient songwriters and the septet which sometimes feels more like a commune than a rock band focus on quality, not quantity. So don’t go fearing this is just a collection of B-sides and flotsam and jetsam that was scraped off the cutting room floor to meet their remit. No, this is as strong a collection as anything these space cadets have released, suggesting without any doubt that they are at the top of the Australian psych scene.