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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard release metamorphose inspired music video for Interior People

Last month, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released their utterly addictive new album, Butterfly 3000, via KGLW. Butterfly 3000 might be Gizz’s most fearless leap into the unknown yet: a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop by the six-piece. The album sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve ever done before, and thoroughly, unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish.

The band, have been releasing a music video for one song on the album each week. Now they've landed on the fifth song on the track list,“Interior People,” a fusion of synthetic and acoustic elements. In words of the song’s primary author Joey Walker, “Interior People’ is “about the internal battle of questioning your own sanity, and the joy that comes in letting go and surrendering to the void.”

The accompanying video, written and directed by Ivan Dixon and produced and animated by Studio Showoff, honors King Gizzard’s signature visual aesthetic. It’s a fantasy/sci-fi tribute to Miyazaki’s Naussica, French artist Moebius and the adult animated film Heavy Metal.

Director Ivan Dixon elaborates: “The only direction from the band was to include butterflies, to tie in with the album name Butterfly 3000. When I listened to ‘Interior People; I immediately pictured something with momentum, like a wild road trip. That’s where the idea of the protagonist riding a giant butterfly came from. The title made me think of cocoons. Maybe our hero was trying to find a cocoon to metamorphose into a butterfly herself? Little moments of affection between her and her butterfly could hint at a deeper bond between them. Were they lovers? With the cocoon I really wanted to design the kind of thing you would find in a typical Australian garden as a kid. The ones with little sticks poking out of them. I’ve never seen those particular cocoons represented anywhere before.”

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