A State of Renovation

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!

What We're Listening To...

  • UK
    As we approach the release of "Slow Rust" - here's the first of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there...

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  • Van Der Graaf Generator
    Here's the second of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there is no Number One. The first one featured was...

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  • Joni Mitchell
    As we approach the release of "Slow Rust" - here's the third of 10 albums which I feel have been part of the inspirational makeup of The Tangent over the years. It's not a "best of" or a chart, there...

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  • Rush
    Here is the FOURTH of the albums I have chosen to represent some of the influential albums on The Tangent's career. Once again to stress that this is not a chart, a "best of" - nor is it an effort...

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  • Strawinsky - Rite of Spring
    This continues a series of articles about albums that have been influential on The Tangent's music. It is neither a complete list, nor is it a list that would be the same if you asked me next week, it is...

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  • The Sex Pistols
    It's only in the past 30 years or so that the word "Reboot" entered our lives and even less time since it gained its alternative use as a metaphor to indicate "starting something already established again in order to get...

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  • Egg
    Today's album is "The Polite Force" by Egg. In truth though it's not EGG per se that I'm referring to - really the career of Dave Stewart and a whole raft of bands that we refer to as The Canterbury...

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  • Refugee
    This one just happens to be one of the best albums ever made. My love for this album is well documented, but despite its brilliance, this album has managed to remain THE great lost masterpiece of Prog - highly regarded by...

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  • The Flower Kings
    There are a number of reasons why this album is so important to our history and by far the biggest reason is that it is a brilliant, brilliant record. Also of great importance is that it's one of the albums...

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  • YES
    And finally in our series of "Albums that make the Tangent Tick" here's the one that has been a frequently mentioned benchmark A Goal. A Gold Standard. As before though, this was not a chart, This is not number one...

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  • Theo's Choice
    A couple of days ago we finished off a series of 10 albums that have been inspirational to the sound and style of our own band. But all those reviews were rather focused on my own opinions and influences. And...

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