Sketches of Brunswick East is the eleventh studio album by Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and the third by Mild High Club. The title is a reference to the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick East and Miles Davis’ 1960 LP Sketches of Spain, which inspired the album’s jazz-oriented sound.
The album was released in 2017, so this review is a few years late. But recently this album reemerged in my recommended feed and I was reminded just how good it is. King Gizzard and the Mild High Club really are a match made in heaven when it comes to psychedelic concept albums. The album features a wide variety of songs stretching from heavy jazz influence to microtonal experimentation. The circus-like waltzes throughout the album give off a feeling of uneasiness and dissonance, which may be a turn-off to a lot of listeners. But, in my opinion, this vibe is very reminiscent of some of the earlier Pink Floyd tunes like ‘San Tropez.’
In general, the entire band gives a great performance on this LP, but the production is what really stands out. The album transitions from song to song seamlessly which makes it a great cover-to-cover listening experience. It features old jazz and swing samples that are perfectly incorporated into the composition.
Those who enjoy Pink Floyd or the more experimental Beatles albums should really give this album a shot as I think it is very inline with those styles of writing.
Here is a link to purchase the album.