Odd World of Sketches Of Brunswick East


Image from kinggizzard.bandcamp.com

Sound has nearly no boundaries to attend to. The appeasing sound attracts the listener to its otherworldly void. The displeasing sound nullifies the listener’s interests. If the music sounds great, more than half of the music’s purpose has been perfected. The story told, whether there is one or not, is the other half of the battle.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard is a Psychedelic Rock modicum formed in Melbourne, Australia. They are known for their quirky yet strategically played compositions. Depending on the project, their music can be enchanting, theatrical, or both.

Image from pitchfork.com (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard)

Mild High Club is an Alternative collective signed to the venerable Stones Throw label. Their last two albums alone established them as one of the essential characters in the sunny, Summer pothead musical movement, along with Mac Demarco and Rex County Orange.

Both their sounds aren’t so much comparable independently, but Sketches Of Brunswick East proves that two consistent variables can equal a greater value. This album is a quirky play on urban folklore, possibly, with scarce references to theism, anxiety, and nature. All these tracks have their own life with their own stories, all birthed by the orchestral hand of King Gizzard and the sweet twang of Mild High Club.

This album is enriched with thirteen tracks, all following their own life and creative virtue. The distinguished sounds all reign with jovial pride, but take on different vibrations once dissected closely and carefully.

Image from daily.bandcamp.com (Mild High Club)

After the minute-long instrumental introduction of the song Sketches Of Brunswick East I, the album introduces its world with the track Countdown. The instrumentation is arranged wistfully with an airy ego, but the lyrics tread towards another type of odd vibration. Possibly an apocalyptic image set under otherwise light-hearted instrumentation.

When it all falls away, clothes start to fray.

Buildings decay.

Rabble remains, where they were green. 

Sterility, humanity staring at me. 

Venturing further in the album is another highlight of the track, entitled Tezeta. As whimsy as the sound arrangement is, the lyrics again combat the joy with a fairly philosophical, possibly nihilistic view.

Everything that lives and dies,

Is a hologram. 

Nothing is as real as that. 

What adds on to the debatable meaning is the title itself. Tezeta is translated into a type of Ethiopian song titled Tizita, which means “memory” or “nostalgia.”

The obscurity of where these two groups are going is then thwarted and rerouted once the track The Spider and Me begin. The track sparkles with joyful, tenuous xylophone chords, peddling guitar strings, and samples of bird chirps. Rather than the ominous dichotomy, the lyrics go along with the playful instrumentation well.

Laze in the afternoon sun.

Gazing at each other’s beauty.

The huntsman’s heart forever beats. 

Our union is forever. 

Rather than a linear narrative, the album likes to focus on different topics and characters from all over the spectrum of the specified environment. Brunswick East has some interesting stories to tell and figures to expose. It may be sunny and open, or gloomy and sedating.

Image from heavenlyrecordings.com

Nevertheless, the storytellers cull from their imagination worldly views on the modern era, all into this fictitious environment that’s still not entirely clear what it’s like. Regardless of their stories, the essence of the album comes from geniuses of the two groups, assembling into one perfected hivemind.

Being that King Gizzard and Mild High Club already have a distinguished sound from their conventional affiliates, it may or may have not been inevitable that a project like this would have occurred. Although Brunswick East isn’t as clear as it looks, it seems to be an interesting place nonetheless.

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