The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, recently announced the release of their first new music since 2015. Their new ninth studio album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ is set for release on July 21st, 2017, and today they launch the track ‘Two Rope Swings’ which you can listen to here.

Andy had this to say: “We wanted a song that could encapsulate our epic and cinematic style – but sort of compressed into a 7 minute piece instead of the 20 we work around when doing the larger format songs. ‘Two Rope Swings’ is a pocket symphony, 7 minutes that kicks off the album – almost like a little manifesto of what we do and how we do it. It’s a story, it’s a whole boatload of tunes, moods and styles. That’s what we do.  We’re still not entirely happy. The Beach Boys are still beating us by miles with “Good Vibrations”, likewise Radiohead with ‘2+2=5’ both of which are less than half as long but with just as much content. We’ll keep trying!”

The song was originally commissioned as a solo piece by Andy for the ‘Harmony For Elephants’ project, in which the images of leading wildlife photographer Lesley Wood were brought together with music by a variety of artists, including Steve Hackett.  The Tangent version followed and features all members of the band prominently.
The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record – drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.