The Tangent, the progressive/jazz-rock collective led by Andy Tillison, have announced the release of their 12th studio album ‘Songs From the Hard Shoulder’ due 10th June 2022. This album sees The Tangent focusing almost entirely on their long format songs or “epics” with only one song being less than 16 minutes long.
They have shared the album’s opening track and first single “The Changes (single edit)”
Andy Tillison comments:
“The Changes was written in the depths of the first and strictest of the Covid Lockdowns. During this strangest of times there was an emptiness in all of our lives and this song explores my own such feelings in that time. I began to wonder whether the band would ever meet again, and more importantly, how long it would be before I could see my family again. Some of the song is focused on the minutiae of being on tour with a band… not so much missing the gigs, the stages and the playing, but missing he crazy little things like not being able to find a hotel, being lost and the general camaraderie that is all around when a band is out on the road. It’s important to say that this single edit is just 5 minutes of what is a 17-minute song – and this only gives a hint at what is there in the full version… which includes a standout Luke Machin guitar solo of unbelievable quality which isn’t represented in this at all…”
A laid back progressive mix of guitar, flute and synths with some gently sung vocals. The track morphs its way through guitar virtuoso, fantastic jazz piano and futuristic space noodling. Epic is something this band do well.
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