Hillage on board this
time too. The, er, FOURTH part of the ‘Radio Gnome’ trilogy. Mathematics aside,
By Blurt Staff
Gong issue a new album, prophetically titled 2032 (the year 2525 was already taken, presumably), on September
21. Released on Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy’s subsidiary G-Wave label,
the album is officially released two months before Gong’s UK tour which kicks off at the
Bristol O2 Academy on Nov. 19.
Described as “exhilarating,
compelling and other worldly,” 2032 also
markes a reunion: it’s the first time guitarist Hillage has recorded with
original Gong founder Daevid Allen, since 1974’s You album. (Pictured above is the band in ’74, in fact.) 2032 is a new installment that continues
Gong’s famous ‘Radio Gnome’ album trilogy which includes the milestone
psychedelic progressive rock albums – Flying
Teapot (1973), Angel’s Egg (1973),
and You (1974).
The line-up on the album
includes Daevid Allen (guitar, lead vocal): Steve Hillage (lead guitar), Gilli
Smyth (Space Whisper and poetry), Miquette Giraudy (synthesizer), Mike Howlett
(bass), Chris Taylor (drums), and Theo Travis (sax and flute). Special guest
performances on selected tracks include former Gong member Didier Malherbe
(soprano sax, duduk, and flute) and Yuji Katsui (electric violin) of the
Japanese progressive/psychedelic jam band Rovo.
“2032 is when Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth;
a major new chapter in the continually evolving Gong mythology,” says Daevid
And who isn’t all about
evolving mysteries? Welcome back, Gongsters!