The Fantastic Imagination continues their psychedelic voyage on Good Knight, Sweet Dreams
This past February, Philly psych rock outfit The Fantastic Imagination released the whimsical, winding Margaret is a Witch, a spaced-out distillation of all the colors of the psychedelic rainbow. Just eight months later, they’ve shared its follow-up, Good Knight, Sweet Dreams, proving this inventive eight-piece is showing no signs of slowing down.
If you liked Margaret, you’re going to be just as down for what Good Knight has to offer. It follows the same two track approach, dividing the EP’s seven songs into a pair of 10-15 minute medleys. Some of these musical ideas have appeared in one form or another on past releases, but for a band this consistently inconsistent in its sound, everything flows together seamlessly. From the prog-y “Good Knight” to the starry-eyed “Shoes”, The Fantastic Imagination covers a ton of ground in just 28 short minutes. The whole thing is rounded out by the exuberant, seven minute “Slack Ghosts Get Stoned,” which was previously released as a single, but here functions as the EP’sepic climax.
Like its predecessor, Good Knight, Sweet Dreams is an absolute treat from start to finish. Fans of early Genesis, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, or just psychedelic and prog rock in general will find a lot to love here, as there’s enough variety to fill a run-time twice its length. If you consider yourself even a casual fan of these styles of music, you are hereby forbidden from sleeping on this band, effective immediately.