King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have announced 11 new translations of their ‘Butterfly 3000’ album, including one in Western Australia’s native language, Noongar.
The group delivered “Butterfly 3000” – their 18th studio album, and the second of 2021 after “LW” – last June. Its initial vinyl release was hit in 11 variations, with all text on the album packaging, liner notes and lyric sheet translated into Hindi, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish. These were released in addition to the standard English version, and all versions on the album itself are sung in English.
Today (June 28), King Gizzard announced a new pressing of the record in 11 more languages: Portuguese, Italian, Welsh, Indonesian, Serbian, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Korean, Latin and Noongar. All new pressings saw the band working directly with fans around the world, to ensure the translations were accurate.
All new releases are available to buy now from the band’s Gizzverse online store – most are limited to 1,500 copies, with the exception of the Portuguese ‘Borboletta 3000’ (limited to 2,500), the Italian ‘Farfalla 3000’ (2000) and Noongar ‘Bindi-Bindi 3000’ (500). The latest variant will be exclusive to the Australian online store, with all proceeds from sales to be donated to the Langford Aboriginal Association (LAA).
The Noongar language is made up of 14 dialects and covers a wide range of varying spellings and intonations. “Bindi-Bindi 3000” was translated by family members who have direct ties to the LAA – which, according to its website, is a community-based nonprofit organization that “provides programs to benefit Indigenous and local non-Aboriginals. community” throughout the Perth metropolitan area.
NME‘s Becky Rogers gave ‘Butterfly 3000’ a three-star review, writing, “Given they’re avowed music geeks, it’s no surprise that King Gizzard considered every element down to the mid-sentence time changes (‘Blue Morpho’) and dub-trance experimentation (‘2.02 Killer Year’). But this stereotypical approach lacks surprise – once you’ve got a few tunes, you’ve heard it all.
Last Monday, King Gizzard teased their 21st, 22nd and 23rd studio albums, telling fans that all three will arrive before the end of 2022. If they accomplish the feat, the band will have a total of five albums released in 2022: the vinyl-exclusive “Made In Timeland” was released in March, while “Omnium Gatherum” – their first double album – landed in April. It will also tie their record of five albums in one year from 2017.
Earlier this month, the band confirmed they had completed at least two of their upcoming albums, describing the material they contain as “jammy and twisty, kinda funky-prog-something”. In an interview with triple j, guitarist Joey Walker explained, “They’re kind of a response to the fact that we can’t get together and play during the lockdowns. It’s just jamming and the product of that.
Also in June, the group won the first Environmental Music Prize for their song “If Not Now, Then When?”. They received $20,000 for winning the title, which they then donated to The Wilderness Society. Speaking on the win, frontman Stu Mackenzie said the band were “so honoured” to have won the award. “It’s fantastic and deeply important for initiatives like this, to help build community around the fight against the climate crisis,” he said.