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King gizzard and the lizard wizard 2022 kepler 22b

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard preview new album with third outing "Kepler-22b"

20 April 2022, 12:27 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Ahead of their new album Omnium Gatherum arriving on Friday (22 April), King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have released a third and final preview of the record titled "Kepler-22b".

"Kepler-22b" is the third outing from King Gizzard annd the Lizard Wizard's Omnium Gatherum double album, following earlier singles "Magenta Mountain" and "The Dripping Tap". The new song samples Barny McAll’s "Yemaya One", and arrives with a Alex McLaren-directed video.

Guitarist and vocalist Cook Craig said, "I actually found Barney’s record at a store in New York/ I hadn’t heard any of his stuff before, but remember putting it on and being blown away straight up. I remember thinking damn this is literally a sampler’s dream. It took me a while before I actually realised he was from Melbourne too. I guess it’s funny like that, sometimes you gotta travel halfway around the world to discover an inspiring piece of music made by someone who probably lives on the same block as you."

Omnium Gatherum will follow King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's 2021 albums LW and Butterfly 3000, and is the first album the band recorded together since the pandemic.

The band's Stu Mackenzie says the album title is "literally Latin for 'a collection of miscellaneous people or things'."

He adds, "This recording session felt significant. Significant because it was the first time all six Gizzards had gotten together after an extraordinarily long time in lockdown. Significant because it produced the longest studio recording we’ve ever released. Significant because (I think) it’s going to change the way we write and record music - at least for a while… A turning point. A touchstone. I think we’re entering into our ‘jammy period’. It feels good."

"Kepler-22b" is out now. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Omnium Gatherum album will follow on Friday (22 April), and is available to pre-order now.
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