Life on Hold Video

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Taken from the album "Auto Reconnaissance", out August 21st, 2020!

The Tangent announce new album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’

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AutoReconnaissanceCoverArtThe Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison are pleased to announce the release of their 11th studio album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ on the 21st August 2020. The follow-up to 2018’s ‘Proxy’, sees them continuing the band philosophy of celebrating the golden age of prog, whilst bringing it to the present and exploring new paths for the music to take in the future. On ‘Auto Reconnaissance’, they bend that philosophy to their will, taking in prog rock foot stomping, sublime Jazz, humour, narrative, a modern R&B love song, funk/soul and a 28 minute long emotional epic about the band's home country of England.

Andy comments: "I utterly refuse to accept that Progressive Rock Music is some kind of museum piece. It is actually a living and breathing movement that has a past, a present and above all, a future. It once had an album-chart-topping golden age, but the genre was never about that. It has subtly and virally kept itself alive for decades where many new musical genres have risen to glory and faded away."

For this release, Andy is once again joined by long-time collaborators Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin (who  co-produced the album with Andy),  Theo Travis, and Steve Roberts. Together they bring to life an album that has been influenced by the likes of ELP, The Isley Brothers, Steely Dan, Aphex Twin, National Health, Rose Royce, Squarepusher and Return To Forever amongst others.

Andy Tillison 2020Andy comments of the current line-up: “In the past 6 years the line-up of The Tangent has become more stable than at the beginning. I think that the identity of the Tangent as a “Group” rather than a “Project” started to come together on the album ‘A Spark In The Aether’ in 2014. Essentially Luke, Jonas, Theo and myself have appeared on the last four albums, and we added Steve Roberts for the tour that supported ‘Slow Rust’ in 2017 and we’ve settled on this line-up. I hope for a while because I find this unit to be productive, in tune with the band’s purpose and manifesto and a lot of fun to boot. The new album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ is the first time that the core band has been identical in structure to its predecessor.  For the first time I feel that everyone is totally onboard with the fusion of Jazz, Prog, Punkishness and electronica that The Tangent likes to cook up. We are a good group of friends and although we don’t meet up often, it’s a real blast when we do. I’ve always considered Ed Unitsky the cover artist to have been a recurring member of the cast - his artwork has been a huge part of our story and although we move away, we always return.”

I utterly refuse to accept that Progressive Rock Music is some kind of museum piece. It is actually a living and breathing movement that has a past, a present and above all, a future.

‘Auto Reconnaissance’ will be available as Limited CD Digipak (incl. bonus track), Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP booklet & as Digital Album, all featuring the artwork of Ed Untisky, whose visuals have not been seen on a Tangent album since 2014’s ‘A Spark In The Aether’. The full track-listing can be found below:

  • Life On Hold
  • Jinxed In Jersey
  • Under Your Spell
  • The Tower Of Babel
  • Lie Back & Think Of England
  • The Midas Touch
  • Proxima (Bonus Track)

The Tangent are the following players:

  • Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
  • Jonas Reingold (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
  • Theo Travis (Soft Machine, David Gilmour, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
  • Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
  • Steve Roberts (David Cross Band, ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums

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Pre-Order Links

Pre_pre orders are available on this site right now for the new album. There will be opportunities to pre-order at regular prices in the weeks leading up to release.

A State of Renovation

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Welcome to The Tangent Website!

We're in a state of renovation here now as we switch our website to be more focused on our new album "Auto Reconnaissance" which is nearing completion and scheduled for release at the end of Summer this year. So apologies for the building work that's going on here, and we look forward to a brand new site in the not too distant future.

The Tangent have had a busy 2020 so far with the recording of this new album, the 11 th studio album. It includes 2 long pieces, one of which is a shade off half an hour long, and has 4 shorter pieces and shows more aspects of the band and its abilities than ever before. Some of the most compex arrangements and musical passages they've ever done rub shoulders with some of the strongest melodies and sing-able hooks the band have ever brought to the table. Influences from Steely Dan to Frank Zappa, to Aphex Twin, Marvin Gaye, Hatfield and the North all jostle for your attention. Subject matter includes a conversation with a traffic cop in New Jersey, the world of "box ticking", a song Andy wrote for his partner Sally, the thirst for knowledge, and the hopeful reconciliation of the opposing sides of the Brexit debate in the UK. Possibly most relevant at the moment though is an uplifting song that welcomes the return of the sun to the sky after grey clouds have dominated for so long.

Not only that, but Andy Tillison is assembling a series of out-takes for a third "Fan" album, another of his Kalman Filter albums is on its way.

Pre_pre orders (at premium prices) are available on this site right now for the new album... :don't worry, there will be opportunities to pre-order at regular prices in the weeks leading up to release. We're going to keep updating the site with Andy's bulletins on the album's progress... and we'll give you news when there is some. You can always join our lively and friendly Facebook Group here!

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