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Hello and welcome to our special “Pre-Pre-Orders “ page.

AutoReconnaisanceCover600This is at present a private part of the website for our most dedicated listeners. For those of you new to this process, here's the most important bit:


"Auto Reconnaissance" is the eleventh studio album by the Tangent.  Bizarrely it's the first time the album has ever been made by the same lineup who made the preceding one "Proxy". It's around 75 minutes long at the time of writing, it may change in length (either way) depending on artistic decisions still to be taken.

The music is stylistically highly varied this time featuring three songs which can be described as being very pop-centric.  However, these are dotted around an album which has a 28 minute long Prog Epic "Lie Back & Think Of England" filled with twists and turns a-plenty, and a 16 minute fusion journey through "Lost In New Jersey", plus the Prog Stomper "Life On Hold".  Some of the bands darkest and heaviest moments and it's lightest and most joyful rub shoulders on this album.

Our Pre-preordering system has now been in full swing for 10 years and as normal we have THREE packages available to you.

All the following items are CDs. At Tangent Towers we do NOT handle Vinyl or take money for it. Vinyl will be available from all the usual outlets after release.

All CDs ordered as pre-pre-orders directly from this web site will be signed by Andy Tillison.

These offers are expensive and we use the extra money we make for these in the day to day running of the studio, the musicians and development of future products.  As mentioned before, these products will eventually available form Amazon, Insideout and Burning Shed etc at conventional online/high street prices and in all the usual physical and digital formats.

Please note that the artwork is still in production and to be announced very shortly.

In addition to the Tangent official release there are 2 more albums waiting in the wings; first of all the long awaited 3rd Tangent out-takes fan release in the same vein as “A Place On The Shelf” and L’Étagère Du Travail” and secondly a brand new album to follow the very popular “Exo-Oceans” from Andy’s “Kalman Filter” project.

Both albums above are written and pretty much ready to go, we are still unsure about the format of these releases and a lot will depend on the uptake for pre-orders of Auto Reconnaissance and during what we know is a difficult time for many music fans the World over, we may ask you for suggestions so watch this space!
More news about all 3 new releases very soon along with a re-vamped web site and up to date Tangent and Andy news.

Thank you for your fantastic support and friendship and we hope that you will enjoy the new music coming your way very soon, it is written from the heart for you and because of you always!

Pre-Pre-order Mighty Mega Fan Offer: £50.00

The Top of the range Mighty Mega Fan Offer at 50.00 GBP plus shipping is our limited edition in which your name actually appears in the album sleeve.

Your Auto Reconnaissance  CD will be individually numbered and signed by Andy Tillison.

This is always a very popular offer and the number of copies will be limited to the number of names we can fit on the art work so please don’t delay to avoid disappointment!

You will also (within hours of ordering) be sent a link to various previews and rough mixes of the album which are yours to enjoy, but not to share with the wider world.

Price INCLUDING Shipping Costs

Pre-Pre-order Pay The Wages: £35.00

The Tangent believes that all the band members should be paid a professional fee. All the band members get paid a fair and decent fee and this is our biggest overhead. By choosing this option you will be quite literally be paying the wages and enabling the musicians to be musicians.

This option comprises Auto Reconnaissance CD signed by Andy

You will also (within hours of ordering) be sent a link to various previews and rough mixes of the album which are yours to enjoy, but not to share with the wider world.

Price INCLUDING Shipping Costs

Pre-Pre-order Tangent Family Member: £25.00

We appreciate that not everyone can afford the more expensive pre-order options and it is important that you know that every single music fan who pre-orders/supports us live/shares our news on social media/ waits for the best deal on Amazon or simply streams on Spotify is automatically considered a member of The Tangent family, thank you for your support and enthusiasm for our music, you are the reason we are here!

This option comprises Auto Reconnaissance  CD signed by Andy.

Price INCLUDING Shipping Costs

Band History

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The Tangent is a Progressive Rock Band from Northern England, based around keyboards player, composer and idiosyncratic vocalist Andy Tillison Diskdrive.

Their music is cinematic and lyrical, full of narrative, often telling stories or making observations about the world we live in - often choosing subject matter more associated with Anarcho-Punk bands than with the genre in which the band choose to base themselves. "No Hobbits or Orcs in our songs" The band have, for 12 years now, released a steady output of well regarded albums through their record label Insideout Music At the time of writing, the band's eighth studio album "A Spark In The Aether" is just weeks away from release.....

andy at zoertermeer 2014Tillison onstage in the Netherlands, May 2014. Photo by Christine Lenk

The band has changed personnel many times and has used this fluidity to keep ideas fresh and lucid. The debut album released in 2003 The Music that Died Alone was often referred to as a "supergroup" project, though Tillison has always eschewed this title, preferring to go for the less obvious "a good idea".

An early lineup of the band in Germany 2004. L-R Sam Baine, Andy Tillison, Roine Stolt, Zoltan Czorsz, Jonas Rengold. Photo by Ian Oakley

In twelve years the group has had close affiliations with Swedish progressive legends The Flower Kings, and Jonas Reingold (bass) from that band remains in the Tangent to this day despite the departure of Roine Stolt from the Tangent ten years ago now. David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) was heavily featured on that debut album, Jakko Jakszyk (now of King Crimson) has been a frequent collaborator along with Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band, Soft Machine Legacy, Gong etc). Guy Manning, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), David Longdon (Big Big Train) have all played key roles in the band's development and the band was instrumental in bringing the talents of the astonishing young guitarist Luke Machin (Maschine) to the world for the first time.

A next generation for Progressive Rock Music. Guitar virtuoso extraordinaire, Luke Machin onstage with the Tangent in London 2014. Photo by Martin Reijman


The Tangent's music has its roots in the Progressive Era - the time of Moon landings, Supersonic Flight and amazing imaginative music. Although the band would never claim to be wildly original, they have built their own particular collage of sounds and styles that range from the blindingly obvious (ELP, Yes, Gentle Giant etc) through the less frequently revisited chapters of Canterbury Rock (Hatfiled & the North, Egg, National Health, Caravan et al) - a healthy smattering of Jazz Fusion, some smidgeons of Opeth once in a while, the odd bit that will make you think of Deep Purple.

Above: Hatfield and the North - 1970s fusion band and leading lights of the "Canterbury Scene"

But, big but, Tangent philosophy has been to embrace other more contemporary bands. Whether overtly progressive themselves (Flower Kings, Spock's Beard, Argos, Magenta etc) or completely away from the official boundaries of the genre into metal, Jazz, modern pop, soul, disco and film music, the Tangent do not follow the prog rock rule book.


As much likely to draw on influences from Argos (above) and Magenta (below) as they are to revisit Gentle Giant...


"It's more what we don't do that sets us apart" Tillison said in a 2007 interview.. "we've always avoided doing the 12 string acoustic stuff, and in fact anything that gets too Genesissy or Floyd-like usually (not always) gets binned.. that's not to say that there aren't influences.. just that we don't like the idea of being confined to the styles of those particular figureheads. The spirit of progressive rock music was carried by lots more people than Genesis. I think that too many of us (new bands) use the obvious source - i.e the 70s bands and forget to look around us and see what our contemporaries are up to!"

Over the years the band has had many manifestos, all of which are still relevant to the future of the Tangent..

  • To make music that uses the same imaginative techniques as the prog bands of the 70s and continue that creativity in a new century.
  • To make music that fans of the original bands will feel comfortable with - but without sounding particularly like any one of them...
  • To deal with subject matter relevant to today's world.
  • To question and examine political, social and religious systems without offending those who believe in such systems.


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