Release Date: Sep 16, 2016
Record label: Madfish
Following Daevid Allen’s ascension to a hopefully exultant and riotous afterlife in 2015, you can either interpret Gong’s continued existence – with no original members – as an affront to his memory, or as hard proof that Gong is a self-perpetuating entity in its own right. (The second of those is the correct answer, incidentally – and comes with Allen’s blessing.) Rejoice! I’m Dead places latter-day Gong guitarist Kavus Torabi in charge of the mothership, and it’s hard to countenance a more apposite tribute to Allen’s antic spirit. Bursting with in-the-moment vitality, it applies a neon topcoat to Gong’s long-established ley lines.
First album by psychedelic vets since death of Daevid Allen Co-founder of Gong Daevid Allen passed away in 2015, and many probably thought that with him went the sprite-ly spirit of the international yet somehow profoundly English Gong..
The Upshot: Easily the beloved British prog band’s most accessible effort since the death of Daevid Allen. With the death of Gong founder Daevid Allen there was every reason to expect that his band would give up the proverbial ghost. Nevertheless, the musical madness that became Gong’s psychedelic stamp over the years was in danger of dissolution long before, once they opted to make music outside the reign of creative conformity that’s mostly dictated the norms since their formative years nearly four decades ago.