It’s hard to describe the sound of Sydney-based quintet Tangents – a sort of free form jazz meeting electronica but avoiding any form of excess or preciousness while maintaining a link to acoustic instrumentation and tight song structures. It is hypnotic music with structure and texture enough to please three-minute long indie song lovers with a short concentration such as myself. The ‘Stents and Arteries’ EP is aptly named – there is something both visceral and clinical about the music, with a euphoric pulse throughout:
You can get the EP here. Tangents are British electronic producer Ollie Bown (Icarus), Adrian Lim-Klumpes (ex-Triosk, 3ofMillions) on piano, Rhodes, vibraphone and synth; Peter Hollo (FourPlay String Quartet) on cello & effects; free improviser Evan Dorrian on drums & singer/producer Shoeb Ahmad on guitar & effects (both from Spartak, latter also from Agency).
You can catch them in Sydney on April 1 at Leadbelly, and their new album ‘New Bodies is out in June.
The group’s second LP ‘Stateless’ garnered international acclaim including a 7.8 score on Pitchfork, praise from FACT Magazine, AllMusic & Treble Zine, with the latter naming it one of the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2016. Four Tet’s remix of album track ‘Jindabyne’ was shared across NME, The Fader, HYPEBEAST and more.