‘Nonagon infinity opens the door!’
Formation of a cross-album concept through motivic interrelation in the music of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Keywords:concept album, motif, intertextuality, garage rock, psychedelic rock, Australian music
The re-use of motifs is relatively common as a method of structuring concept albums. These motifs can appear in several different formats, but generally are musical or lyrical references that serve to generate a sense of cohesion across a release. Australian band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have created what is referred to as the ‘Gizzverse‘—a collection of musical, lyrical and extra-musical motifs that are referenced across several releases. Their extensive re-use of motifs, discussed using Gérard Genette’s frameworks for understanding multi-textual references, or transtextuality, creates an interconnected mythology that this article argues ultimately constitutes a kind of uber-concept album.
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