The New Album

The new album by the Tangent is called "The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery". Released on July 21 2017 this is the bands 9th studio album for Insideout. The album is a long format single CD (79 minutes) and a Double Vinyl Album. The album features only 5 pieces and therefore it follows that most of these pieces are long and involved.

It's one of the more complex and ambitious pieces the band have done, having many similarities in format to the "Sacre Du Travail" album of 2013, yet it's a different kind of beast altogether. Less classically influenced, the album is a massive fusion of styles from straight Prog Rock through Jazz Fusion, calling at Punk , Electronic Dance and even something that could almost be thought of as Rap.

Lyrically the album is bold, politically motivated - "Progressive In Politics as well as in Music" and pulls no puches in its critique of current political movements to the right and the gutter press' all too easy embrace of such nonsense. Largely focussed on a basic theme of "division" the album explores this through everything from the breakdown of personal friendships to spurious independence movements and "Our Country First" attitudes that the band see as the oncoming of "bad things".

Nonetheless, the album is chock full of Tangent Treasure... some stellar musical performances, Jonas Reingold (bass), Luke Machin (Guitar), Theo Travis (Sax & Flute) and Andy Tillison (Keyboards and vocals) are joined by new member Marie Eve de Gaultier (vocals) and they don't waste a minute in getting down to some of the most exciting musical fireworks you are likely to hear this year from any band in any genre.

Artwork for the album is provided by DC/Marvel artist Mark Buckingham and his work for the record is hugely important to the overall concept of the package. This has to be seen to be believed and the front cover is just a starter!

You can buy the album HERE and get to see the band play live this year by visiting the LIVE page.

What We're Listening To...

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