Psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (KGLW) have announced their next album, Butterfly 3000, which will be released June 11 through the band's personal label.
The album will be their second one this year, following L.W., a cohesive continuation to K.G. Both albums make use of microtonal tunings, which also appear on KGLW's 2017 release, Flying Microtonal Banana. The tunings contribute greatly to the band's ultra-unique and experimental sound.
Artists often release teasers for their upcoming albums-- these can be singles, visual elements, or even tracklists. Billie Eilish released singles, including title track "Happier Than Ever" ahead of her second album. Similarly, Royal Blood dropped several tunes ahead of Typhoons.
This time, however, KGLW's album will be a complete surprise. The only information the band released about Butterfly 3000 was that the album will include ten songs, the cover art will feature a "cross-eyed autostereogram" created by frequent collaborator Jason Galea, and that the release was created with a heavy emphasis on modular synth loops.
KGLW guitarist Joey Walker made a statement last year, sharing that 2021 would be a "big year of output" musically and experimentally: "part of me thinks it’s the best thing we’ve ever done. And part of me thinks it’s the worst."