King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released the first track off their new album Gumboot Soup, and it could not be groovier. "Beginner's Luck" is plump with anachronistic psychedelia.
Wah-wah vibrato oozes from the speakers, only to congeal atop shag carpet flooded with black lights. The lightheaded vocals give nods to '60s rock groups like Love, Spirit, and Stackridge. A demonic chorus comes bubbling up from some subaqueous cavern. "The beginner's luck / now don't mess it up / if you get too stuck just bluff / the beginner's luck is tough."
The time traveling continues with tasteful brigades of flute and layered background vocals. I find myself easing down a warm creek with the sun on my back. Aglow in a dream, I mix with the softness of my environment.
But finally—the apex. At the 3:35 mark a freakish solo erupts from a geyser. The twisted and contorted distortion is a psychedelic trademark evocative of Electric Ladyland. The swaying insanity takes the track to its end, where we finally are given the chance to exhale, grinning wildly.