In an ambitious move that vaguely reminds me of the time that the Brian Jonestown Massacre dropped 5 albums in an 18 month period in 1995-1996, the Australian band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released 5 albums...in 2017.
They deserve appreciation for their gumption and I enjoyed going on a 5 album listening binge. With that in mind, these are my Top 10 Songs of the Year (2017) by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
10. The Book
Sounding like the soundtrack to a bad sci-fy movie, The Book is the highlight from the jazzy Sketches of Brunswick East.
9. Digital Black
A Warning from the Future. From Murder of the Universe.
8. Open Water
Suspenseful and foreboding. From Flying Microtonal Banana.
7. Greenhouse Heat Death
All kinds of guitar wizardry here. From Gumboot Soup
6. Crumbling Castle
Epic song structure. From Polygondwanaland
5. Doom City
Closest thing to a radio single that you're getting from KG&TWL. From Flying Microtonal Banana
The internet told me the live version was better. It might be right.
4. The Balrog
Personally, I'm afraid of the Balrog, and that's good songwriting. From Murder of the Universe
3. The Fourth Colour
Straight frantic energy. From Polygondwanaland
2. Beginner's Luck
Simply beautiful, even if it's about the perils of gambling. From Gumboot Soup
1 Vomit Coffin
This song is creepy, funny, and strange, all at the same time. From Murder of the Universe.
Below is my all-time favorite song by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
2016's Classic Robot Stop
(6 Albums Ago)