Monday, June 24, 2013

The Tangent “Le Sacre Du Travail”

Country: Multinational
Sub GenreSymphonic
Release dateJune 24, 2013
01. 1st movement: Coming Up On The Hour (Overture) (05:55)
02. 2nd movement: Morning Journey & The Arrival (22:54)
03. 3rd movement: Afternoon Malaise (19:20)
04. 4th movement: A Voyage Through Rush Hour (03:07)
05. 5th movement: Evening TV (12:06)
06. Muffled Ephiphany (04:05)
07. Hat (Live at Mexborough School 1979) (01:16)
08. Evening TV (Radio Edit) (04:28)

Andy Tillison – Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards
Theo Travis – Saxes, Flutes & Clarinets
David Longdon – Vocals
Jakko Jakkszyk – Vocals & Guitars
Gavin Harrison – Drums
Jonas Reingold – Bass
Rikard Sjoblom - Narration
Guy Manning - Acoustic Guitar

"It is the most ambitious album we've attempted yet" says Tillison, "our first ever full on concept album which is also our deepest foray into the world of classical/orchestral music that we've hinted at before in songs like "Titanic Calls Carpathia", "The Full Gamut" and "In Earnest" It's great to know we'll be staying with the company that's done us so much good over the years, we need their belief as much as ever."
The single piece is comprised of 3 main movements with a short Overture/Prologue type piece and clocks in (in its current working state) at just less than an hour. The piece has been projected for a good number of years and originally was to have been a direct re-interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring. The piece is lyrically based around a modern ritual in the same way as was The Rite Of Spring. This time, rather than the pastoral Russian landscape that Stravinsky references in his piece, Le Sacre Du Travail focusses on the daily run to work and back that so many billions of people in wealthier countries make in order to maintain a life standard. From the unseen moment where dawn breaks on a wet wintry Tuesday morning on a lonely country road, through the chaos of modern urban traffic, pointless meetings, clocking in, locker rooms, appraisals, boredom, pressure as far as Evening TV and a nightcap before it all starts again, this piece has something to say for most people involved in that ritual. As usual, real, contemporary, no holds barred, gritty writing.
Evening TV (Radio Edit)
Steve Wright In The Afternoon (Afternoon Malaise edit)

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