Our most played collection of tunes this week: Paper Mache DreamBalloon.With this seventh full length release from Melbourne group King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard comes a reinvention of sound. They leave behind their garage fuzz days (hopefully and probably not for good, though) to record completely acoustically and work in instruments new to their sound, like flute. With this instrumental change came a new style and a collection of really cool tunes, acoustic but still full of power and pulsation. This album dropped in late November, so we’ll say goodbye to King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard after this last week at the top.
Neon Indian’s Vega Intl. Night School is in the same boat. Having a long run at the top of our chart, this fascinating sample ridden chill-wave greatness will have to retire from our rotation. Wand’s 1000 Days has become an airwave standard over the past weeks. This gloomy garage fuzz rock nestles right in next to King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s releases pre-Paper Mache Dream Balloon. At only it’s second week at KJHK, King Push — Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, from Pusha T, is killing it. Assistant Music Director Harrison Hipp said this of Pusha T’s success with this release: “[he] emanates a confident classiness and seasoned sound in the contemporary time capsule that is King Push — Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude. Prodution from Kanye, J. Cole and Q-Tip is sprinkled throughout.” This is an album to watch. At the tail end of our top 5 is the Belgian based band Balthazar. This release, Thin Walls, is a moody, deliberate, and well crafted indie-pop rock album, hellishly catchy but not lacking depth and devise lyrics.
New to the chart this week: a rad collection of reinventions of Tycho’s Awake,Awake Remixes, as well as Adrian Younge with Something About April II.
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
Paper Mache Dream Balloon
Vega Intl Night School
Mom And Pop
Darkest Before Dawn
Play It Again Sam
In The Red
JONNY GREENWOOD/SHYE BEN TZUR/RAJASTHAN EXPRESS
A Coliseum Complex Museum
CONNAN MOCKASIN AND DEVONTE HYNES
Myths 001 [EP]
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
Garden Of Delete
“You Must Be Dreaming” B/w “Maybe Someday” [7-inch]
Something About April II
WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE
CRISTOBAL AND THE SEA
CAR SEAT HEADREST
Teens Of Style
MADE OF OAK
RYAN HEMSWORTH & LUCAS
Taking Flight EP
Live In San Francisco
Our top 5 adds this week! If anything on this list is worth recommending (it all is, this is said with tongue in cheek), it’s jazz artist Dr. Lonnie Smith’s first release on Blue Note in 45 years, Evolution.