The enduring legend that is Gong entered yet another fresh phase on its four-decades-plus journey with 2014's I See You. The band's final album with Daevid Allen, his co-conspirators here included Orlando Allen on drums, Kavus Torabi (The Cardiacs) on guitar, horn player Ian East, bassist Dave Sturt, and Brazilian guitarist Fabio Golfetti. With Allen still radiating an incandescent creativity, the collective creates an impressive, multi layered and irrepressible sound that fashions its own world and then populates it with a series of dazzling musical gems, melodically rich, lyrically engaging and musically refreshed.
I See You is both timeless and timely, a welcome antidote to an increasingly homogenized musical mainstream. Tracks such as "This Revolution," a spoken piece which name checks Gil Scott Heron and picks up on the vibe of his "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," articulates the kind of concerns and theories that have always inspired Allen and informed the Gong worldview, contrasts with the ferocious inter stellar funk of "You See Me." "Thank You" is a heavy slab of psychedelicized blues, whilst "Shakti Yoni Dingo Virgin" is a moody, melodic instrumental piece that illustrates the group's immense musical firepower and diversity.