Felt But Not Understood | “Cyboogie” by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Josiah Leach

Picture this: You’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, so you decide to get a good night’s sleep tonight. You get in bed, slip under the covers and begin to doze off, hoping to relieve your body of its worldly discomfort. But once you fall asleep, you begin to plunge deep into the depths of an intense fever dream.

You are now trapped inside a small, dimly lit room with walls covered in screens, knobs, wires and blinking lights. You’re surrounded on all sides by strange men wearing red shirts, red pants and helmets, all stoically playing their instruments. All you can hear is heavy, otherworldly, psychedelic synth-rock music – it consumes you fully. Sweating profusely, you look to your right and you see a half-man, half-machine spinning in circles while chanting the word “Cyboogie” over and over again. (What’s a “Cyboogie?” You ask yourself.) The year is either 1985 or 2085. Nothing makes sense anymore. All you can do is watch.

This is essentially the experience I had while watching the music video for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s new single “Cyboogie,” released on Jan. 31. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard can be described as a contemporary psychedelic rock band from Melbourne, Australia, but are perhaps best not described at all – the music is just as random and eclectic as the name itself.

But even still, for a band this unpredictable, “Cyboogie” really came out of nowhere. After not releasing music for a whole year (they released five albums in 2017), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard burst into 2019 with a near 7-minute track that’s more electronic than ever before. It’s weird, fun, trippy and eerie all at once, with a fittingly bizarre music video to match.

On “Cyboogie”, the lyrics are rather straightforward. Of the more than 250 words spoken in this track, 118 of them are the words “boogie” or “Cyboogie.” It’s kind of like the “Gucci Gang” of, well, whatever genre this song is – but in a good way. It’s pretty clear that, above all else, this track should be felt, not understood.

So what’s next for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard? If this new track is any indication, it’ll definitely be something out of the ordinary. They recently announced an upcoming tour, where there will be a “new show, new songs & new visuals.” The “Cyboogie” music video also hints at an upcoming album, possibly called “Fishing for Fishies.” 2019 will be a weird one, hopefully!