Friday, November 16, 2018

The Tangent "Proxy"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 16, 2018
  1. Proxy
  2. The Melting Andalusian Skies
  3. A Case of Misplaced Optimism
  4. The Adulthood Lie
  5. Supper’s Off
  6. Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” (bonus track)
Andy Tillison (Parallel or 90 Degrees) – Vocals, Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
Göran Edman (Karmakanic, Malmsteen) - Vocals

‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing 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. 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, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.
But this album 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 has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.
A Case Of Misplaced Optimism

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