Leon : To progressive rock fans The Tangent will be a well-known name that doesn’t need any introductions anymore. The band around singer / keyboard player Andy Tillison has been around for sixteen years and always stands for quality prog rock. Last year, and earlier this year, the band was on tour with Karmakanic and, so, the band had the perfect opportunity to work closely together on new material. Apparently that went very well because where I wrote a review last year about the previous album 'The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery' I now writo a review for the new album 'Proxy', which was released this month!
There are some minor changes in the line-up of the band, which is not so unique for The Tangent, keyboard-player / singer Marie-Eve de Gaultier is no longer on the album and also has Tillison decided to ask drummer Steve Roberts (Godsticks) to participate. Roberts is an excellent drummer and seems to be an excellent choice, however it’s a pity that de Gaultier is no longer part of the music, I was quite enthusiastic about her role on 'The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery'. Other than that, bass player Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) is again participating for his melodic bass parts, and also, the still too unknown, guitarist Luke Machin is back again. The album starts with the title track 'Proxy', a classic The Tangent song with a long instrumental intro, texts that criticize politics, and a playing time of sixteen minutes. Who’s familiar with the band will also know that Tillison is not a fantastic singer, but that he does sing with a lot of character in his voice, that is again the case this time. After the opener follows an instrumental track of nine minutes that clearly shows that the band also makes good music without vocals. After that things become interesting, 'A Case Of Misplaced Optimism' is a very strong jazz / soul song and 'The Adulthood Lie' is best described as a progressive dance rock song of, no less than, sixteen minutes long. Although the latter song is not the strongest song on the album, it does show how diverse the band is. 'Supper's Off' is a song that reminds me of Yes, although I do not quite know why that is, but it’s very interesting. 'Proxy' closes off in a typical prog rock way, with a ten-minute long song called 'Excerpt From' Excerpt From "Exo-Oceans".
A nice diverse album, typically The Tangent but yet a bit different. I can only say that I listened to 'Proxy' with much pleasure, the mix of styles can keep me interested throughout the whole album. Andy Tillison proves once again that The Tangent belongs in the top of the progressive rock acts of today. Recommended for the progressive rock fanatic.