The Tangent
Not As Good As The Book
29/02/2008

The Tangent's 10th studio album will be released by Insideout in November this year. Entitled "Proxy" it's a single CD and Vinyl - a riot of juxtopposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve.
Recorded during the band's tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18 - there were more chances than normal to work together on the record - hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas - all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is organic and as close to being that band, as has happened to the group of far flung members since they began their career 15 years ago.
"I often think of good progressive albums as being like the Bayeux Tapestry" says Andy Tillison, "an account of the times the band lives in, using all the history that got us to that point, commenting on the Now with the experience of the past. The first records of the Genre used influences from the contemporary scene, Beatles, Beach Boys, Psychedelia, Blues and then worked their way backwards through modern Jazz, into 20th century, romantic classical back as far as Baroque and often beyond. Technically a Progressive Band NOW has those same influences available, PLUS the whole of the resulting Prog genre, PLUS everything that happened since. One thing that happened since was Electronic Dance Music. And while we didn't suddenly decide to start making EDM, we decided that it was something that our music should be able to fuse to OUR needs. Just the same way as our forbears did with the musics that had surrounded them."
The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass - influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfields, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on the sleeves. This 16 minute piece "Proxy" eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song. "Yes, we DO insist on doing this" Tillison explains "Sorry folks, we know that there are some of you who don't think politics belong in Prog Rock, but if you were there from the start you should know that the very first track on an album widely considered to be the first PROPER prog rock album - was a protest song which could just have well have been about a certain world leader today. Prog was born from the counterculture. The Tangent have always sought to maintain that connection - it's more than just nice mellotrons, and it always was."
But this albums features no overall concept. The second track is a sun drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track "The Adulthood Lie" the rulebook of Haynes Manual Prog Construction has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand. It appears they were helped by a busload of ravers on their way to Ibiza in 1998. Fatboy Slim changed the tyres, Sophie Ellis Bextor gave directions and Groove Armada recommended the higher octane fuel. Tillison is still trying to work out what Skrillex was talking about and is studying with amazed interest.
The Tangent came of age some time ago now. This album is the next step on the road from a band who have
painstakingly revered and recreated the past, with one eye on the future. "Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don't claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now."


The Tangent – “Proxy” (01:06:56) 1. Proxy (16:07) 2. The Melting Andalusian Skies (08:51) 3. A Case Of Misplaced Optimism (06:13) 4. The Adulthood Lie (16:06) 5. Supper’s Off (09:54) 6. Excerpt From “Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” (10:25)

Line-Up: Andy Tillison (Po90/Kalman Filter) Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer Jonas Reingold (Flower Kings/Steve Hackett Band) Bass Guitar Theo Travis (Soft Machine/Travis-Fripp) Sax & Flute Luke Machin (Maschine/Francis Dunnery Band)- Guitar Steve Roberts (ex Magenta/Godsticks) - Drums With special guest: Goran Edman (Karmakanic, ex Yngwie Malmsteen band) - Vocals

The Tangent discography: The Music That Died Alone – 2003 The World That We Drive Through – 2004 Pyramids And Stars (live) – 2005 A Place In The Queue – 2006 Going Off On One (Live CD/DVD) – 2007 Not As Good As The Book – 2008 A Place On The Shelf"" – 2009 Down And Out In Paris And London – 2009 Going Off On Two (Live CD/DVD) – 2011 COMM’’ – 2011 Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite Of Work) – 2013 A Spark In The Aether – 2015 The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery – 2017 Proxy - 2018

Online: www.thetangent.org