The type of band that puts out four full-length albums in a calendar year doesn’t care too much for traditional release schedules.

But while on the surface it may appear that King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are simply offering up the final of their four 2017 records as a free download to fans, in the manner of so many other artists, where this release differs is in the way they are giving it away, and how they suggest their fans treat the record.

Firstly, it’s an audiophile’s treat, with different masters, file types and a level of instruction that you usually find on production masters – which these are. For the band are also giving high-quality artwork, and instructions on the best process to follow when pressing CDs and vinyl copies.

“Ever wanted to start your own record label? GO for it! Employ your mates, press wax, pack boxes. We do not own this record. You do. Go forth, share, enjoy.”

Now, what are the parameters here?

It seems like the band are offering this music under a creative commons licence (CC or CC BY), which means others can distribute or “build upon” the work, even for commercial reasons (i.e. selling vinyl copies).

For example, all NASA footage is copyright free and can be used in commercial works in any form – that’s why so many awesome-looking clips set in space are probably done for a fraction of the budget you’d assume.