The Tangent
A Spark In The Aether
20/04/2015
Special Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold black 2LP+CD, Digital album
THE WORLD CHANGED. NOT THE BAND.

The Tangent return to the world this year with their first new music since 2015.

The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, have announced the release of the first new music since 2015. Their new ninth studio album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ is set for release on 21st July 2017. The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record – drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.
Band leader Andy Tillison had this to say: "Roger Waters did prove the ability of Progressive Music to act as a vehicle to communicate ideas about the current world scene. In both Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" and his "Amused To Death" albums, Waters set a challenge to others in the genre. A challenge which has not been frequently accepted."
The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again - this time often focussing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world - and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues - along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.
And it's a Progressive Rock Record. Full of intricacies, long developed pieces, challenging arrangements and virtuoso playing from all members. New sounds and styles (the band have brought a DJ on board for some sections) - new voices and techniques (first female vocals in The Tangent since the "Not As Good As The Book" album 10 years ago). A new producer in the form of Luke Machin whose open and deep/clear sound is a major factor of this album, a new drummer in the form of Andy Tillison who decided at long last (after drumming for 30 years) to let his own performances guide the rest of the band rather than adding another musician later. And after 13 years of asking, Jonas finally agreed to play some double bass in a song where Luke also plays some Scat guitar and Andy does a full on drum solo.
"The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery" also features STELLAR artwork from DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham. The sleeve of the album is totally based on the music it contains and was especially created for this project.
The band will head out on tour in support of the new record, once again joining forces with Sweden’s Karmakanic to present albums by both bands.
The music may sound a little different - but it's the world that changed, not the band.
The Tangent - Re-Purposing Progressive Music 2003-2017


The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery
1. Two Rope Swings 06:32
2. Dr. Livingstone (I Presume) 11:58
3. Slow Rust 22:31
4. The Sad Story Of Lead and Astatine 16:00
5. A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road 17:31