Mark Murdock’s new prog release “Visitors From Another Planet” featuring a cast of visiting prog earthlings like drummer Ric Parnell of Atomic Rooster/Spinal Tap, drummer Ron Howden, bassist Derek ‘Mo’ Moore, both from the band Nektar, also drummer Alan Childs of David Bowie, guitarist Fernando Perdomo, guitarist Katsumi Yoneda of French TV, guitarist Joe Berger, vocalist Tim Pepper of TheId and more…
Mark Murdock, best known as the drummer in Peter Banks (YES) Empire Mark lll, The New Empire with Fernando Perdomo, Cymbalic Encounters with Brand X members. Mark most recently released a solo record, “The Phoenix Has Risen” and with Nuclear Bird’s “Tyrannical Megalomanic.” Mark sees his new creation “Visitors from Another Planet” as a “further contribution to the Arts with new dimensions and atmospheres not explored on my previous works.”
“Visitors from Another Planet” Track Listing: 1. Visitors from Another Planet 2. Time Travelers from the Future 3. The Purveyors of Underworld Ideas 4. The Tarnished Mirror 5. False Algorithms 6. Forgotten Episodes 7. The River of Illusion 8. Somewhere and Nowhere 9. Adapted for Theater 10. Sub-Reactional Stratospheric Complex 11. Friction 12. Shadows that Stood Between the Lies 13. In Speculation
Artists: Mark Murdock – drums, synthesizer & gongs Tim Pepper – lead vocal Ric Parnell – drums & percussion on 2, 4 & 13 Alan Childs – drums on 3 Ron Howden – drums on 6 & 7 Fernando Perdomo – guitar on 1, 4, 7, 9 & 11 Derek ‘Mo’ Moore – bass on 7 Joe Berger – lead guitar on 11 & alien voice on 1 Katsumi Yoneda – guitar on 5, 6, 9 &13 Dave Juteau – guitar on 1, 2, 8 & 12 Preston Murdock – guitar on 3 and 7 Kenta Shimokuni – bass Rod Farlora – bass on 10 Jeff Curry – bass on songs 2, 3, 6, 8 & 12
All songs composed, produced, mixed and mastered by Mark Murdock Artwork by Jiro Oshima Copyright 2021
The classic line-up performing together for the first time in 31 years!
The Gong Family Unconvention at the Melkweg club in Amsterdam in November 2006 was a unique 3-day event in which all the surviving original members of this legendary psychedelic band came together and, after performing their own individual sets, performed once again as Gong. This climactic and joyful 2hr 16min Gong live set was beautifully captured for this DVD video and for the first time CD audio recording! This was the last time that Gong played with the full “classic” line-up (minus just Pierre Moerlen on drums, who died the year before).
The line-up for this unique and special performance:
Daevid Allen – Guitar, Voice Gilli Smyth – Voice, Space Whisper Steve Hillage – Guitar Didier Malherbe – Flute, Soprano Sax, Duduk Theo Travis – Tenor Sax Tim Blake – Synthesiser, Voice Miquette Giraudy – Synthesiser Mike Howlett – Bass Chris Taylor – Drums
Tracklist: 1. You Can’t Kill Me (from the album ‘Camembert Electrique’) 2. Radio Gnome Invisible (from the album ‘Flying Teapot’) 3. Tomorrow Afternoon (I Am Your Fantasy) (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 4. Dynamite / I Am Your Animal (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 5. Flute Salad (from the album ‘Angel’s Egg’) 6. Oily Way (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 7. Outer Temple (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 8. Inner Temple (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 9. Zero The Hero and the Witch’s Spell (from ‘Flying Teapot’) 10. I Am Your Pussy (from ‘Flying Teapot’) 11. Tropical Fish (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 12. Selene (from ‘Camembert Electrique’) 13. I Never Glid Before (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 14. Prostitute Poem (from ‘Angel’s Egg’) 15. Magdalene (from the album ‘Zero To Infinity’) 16. A Sprinkling of Clouds (from the album ‘You’) 17. She Is the Great Goddess (Magick Mother Invocation) (from ‘You’) 18. Master Builder (from ‘You’) 18. The Isle of Everywhere (from ‘You’) 18. You Never Blow Yr Trip Forever (from ‘You’)
Release date on Fri Nov 5th – the 15th Anniversary of the Gong performance.
Released by G-Wave Records through UK distributors SRD. Digital release via Ingrooves (North and South America) and Orchard (UK & rest of world).
California multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers will be releasing her eagerly awaited new solo album on October 1, 2021. Rachel demonstrates with her latest effort that she truly is, as the title suggests, “Bigger on the Inside.” As a composer, Rachel seamlessly weaves together elements of progressive rock, jazz, classical, and pop music with cinematic orchestrations, soaring melodies, and virtuosic playing. Top this off with Rachel’s 3 1/2 octave vocal range and her uncanny ability to explore universal themes ranging from love, joy, and hope to depression, bullying, and fear of an uncertain future with sensitivity and optimism, and you have an album that is destined to stand the test of time.
Says Rachel, “I was inspired by composers and bands like Ambrosia, Frank Zappa, and Keith Emerson while writing the songs on ‘Bigger on the Inside.’ Some songs were inspired by or even heard in dreams. Others were improvised during the recording process. Sometimes just hearing a new piano sound can lead to inspiration. Some of my lyrics just come from my imagination and others come from real experience.”
Rachel Flowers is recognized worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music spans multiple genres.
She first gained recognition for her talent as a young child and has been admired and mentored by those at the top of their field including Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, Dweezil Zappa, Conductor Terje Mikkelson, and a series of jazz greats, most notably Herbie Hancock. As a teenager she won numerous awards as a pianist and flutist, and has matured to perform and record on the global stage.
The award winning documentary “Hearing Is Believing” was produced about her unusual life and talents.
Among Rachel’s recording credits are her solo albums “Listen” (2016) and “Going Somewhere” (2018), “Music From the Soundtrack: Hearing is Believing” (2017), collaborations with Michael Sadler of Saga and fusion band Stratospheerius, and appearances on the albums of Telergy and Marcelo Paganini. Rachel is prominently featured on “Keith Emerson – Beyond the Stars,” and the much awaited CD and DVD set, “Fanfare For The Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert.”
Rachel continues to defy expectations, refusing to be pigeonholed by genre or by instrument. Her classical piano training started when she was only 4 years old. At 9 she discovered jazz and was immediately transfixed by the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Ella Fitzgerald. As varied as her musical background had already been, hearing Emerson, Lake & Palmer proved to be a turning point. Rachel was captivated by keyboardist Keith Emerson’s innovative integration of classical and jazz elements in a rock setting, and he became a musical role model.
While her favorite instruments continue to be piano and organ, she is also classically trained on the flute and plays the guitar, bass, saxophone, and Chapman Stick.
Says Rachel, “I’ve always wanted to create music that had those big sounds that I love. I was excited to incorporate more of the organ on this album, using my Nord C2D and Electro 4D as well as pipe organ sound libraries to get that iconic tone I was looking for. There is also a lot of electric guitar on this album. I was inspired by Steve Vai, John Mayer, Steven Wilson, and of course Adrian Belew, who was a direct inspiration for the opening track.”
In support of Rachel’s new album release she will be performing at ProgStock on October 1 – 3, 2021 (https://www.progstock.com/2021/). On November 6, 2021 Rachel opens for Asia featuring John Payne at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, and she is slated to perform at Synthplex, the “All Things Synthesizer” electronic music festival & gear expo, on October 27 – 30, 2022 at the Los Angeles Burbank Airport Convention Center.
Rachel’s future plans include completion of a jazz album, and a jazz/hip-hop fusion album, both started during the pandemic. There are no release dates as yet. Plans to record with a live orchestra are currently in discussion.
In closing Rachel has this to impart to her listeners, “The message I would like my listeners to come away with is that there will be darkness, but you can fly, you can love, you can be loved, and the darkness is only temporary.”
Italian guitarist/songwriter Marco Mattei unveils his first solo album, an original mix of prog-rock, dream-pop, folk and world music entitled “Out of Control” on 7D Media/Third Star Records on November 19, 2021.
Featuring Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Fabio Trentini (Le Orme, Markus Reuter), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), Clive Deamer (Portishead, Radiohead, Robert Plant)
“Out of Control” is a multi-facet collection of intense, emotional songs. Marco creates a multi-layered, original sound utilizing a wide range of electric and acoustic guitars together with guitar loops, bouzouki and resonator guitars, supported by lifelong friends and globally acclaimed musicians. The musical texture is further enriched with a variety of acoustic/ethnic instruments such as Irish whistle, flute, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, sitar and tambura played by a collection of musicians from all parts of the world.
The lyrics of this concept album revolve around things we cannot control such as the place and time we are born, the color of our skin or the people we meet during our life.
Says Marco, “Yes, this is a concept album about things we cannot control. The key insight is the realization that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our identity are not under our control. And the main message is that this realization should lead to a change of perspective: as we put ourselves in other people’s shoes, we allow ourselves to become more open and empathic. The other aspect of it is that we cannot control the hand we are dealt with, but we can surely decide how to play it. Beside my passion for music, spreading this message of empathy and inclusion is one of the things that motivates me.”
Marco Mattei was born and raised in Civitavecchia, Italy. Very passionate about music from an early age, as a teenager he studied jazz guitar with Max Rosati while developing a deep interest in the creative vision and complexity of prog rock music. He joined DeBlaise, a new prog local band, contributing to the songwriting of their EP “By Common Consent” and to many years of live music. He also co-founded “The Snowdogs” a Rush tribute band.
As he earned his master’s degree in Electronics and MBA, he also developed an interest in sound engineering and design and attended advanced audio engineering and music production programs. Marco lived in six different countries in three different continents, exploring cultural differences, picking up musical influences and learning the value of diversity. He currently lives in the USA and continues to explore different musical styles as a composer, musician and producer, collaborating with artists from all around the world.
In closing Marco has this to impart, “Listen to the album multiple times and you will keep finding new dimensions to it. Pay attention to the lyrics and consider the perspective that, as we realize that many aspects of what we perceive to be defining our own identity are not under our control, we should tend to be more tolerant, empathic, and inclusive.”
“Out of Control” will appeal to listeners of Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Paul Simon.
Track list 1. WOULD I BE ME 2. PICTURE IN A FRAME 3. MORE INTENSE 4. I’LL BE BORN 5. LULLABY FOR YOU 6. ANYMORE 7. TOMORROW 8. VOID 9. ON YOUR SIDE 10. AFTER TOMORROW 11. HIDDEN GEMS 12. GONE
Released November 19, 2021
Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Guitar Loops, Resonator, Bouzouki, Electric Bass, Bowed Electric Bass, Vocals, Shaker, Electronic and Acoustic Percussion, Samples and Programming: Marco Mattei Vocals: Dave Bond (1,3,9), Matthew Brown (2), Felix Brandt (4,5), Barak Seguin (6), Richard Farrell (8) Drums and Percussion: Jerry Marotta (1,9,11), Pat Mastelotto (2), Chad Wackerman (8), Clive Deamer (3), Matt Crain (6), Gianni Pierannunzio (7), Salvatore Mennella (12), Matilde Mattei (Shaker on 7) Bass: Tony Levin (1,2,9), Fabio Trentini (8), Gabriele Bibbi Ferrari (12) Duilio Galioto: Synths, Moog, Wurlitzer, Piano, Mellotron (3,8,9) Paolo Gianfrate: Keyboards (6) Dave Bond: Mandolin (1) Marco Planells: Sitar (1) Paul Johnson: Flute and Whistle (4) Diederik van den Brandt: Pedal Steel (5) Rob Wakefield : Violin (5) Max Rosati: Lead Electric Guitar (8) Mauro Munzi: Reverse Piano (9)
All tracks written by Marco Mattei, except for “Gone” by Andy Timmons.
Recorded in many corners of the world including Italy, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, India and the United States.
Mixed by Marco Mattei, except for: Would I be me, mixed by Jeff Jacobs and Marco Mattei More Intense, mixed by Chris Brown and Marco Mattei
Mastered by Marco Mattei except for Void, mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios
Produced by Marco Mattei
Third Star Records A Division of 7D Media Seattle, WA
Drumming legend, composer and producer Carmine Appice has joined forces with multi-instrumentalist and rising studio star Fernando Perdomo to form The Appice-Perdomo Project, whose debut album Energy Overload will be released September 24, 2021. The first single, Rocket To The Sun, dropped on August 31.
“I had a ball writing and recording with Fernando,” says Carmine Appice. “What a great talent he is. He is awesome on every level; as are the songs on Energy Overload! Adds co-musician Fernando Perdomo: “Carmine and I were introduced to each other roughly one year ago by Tom Dowd’s daughter Dana. We instantly hit it off musically, sending files to each other and co-writing. Within the first six months, we had more than an albums worth of material written, arranged and recorded. We had a blast making the music on Energy Overload. It is our hope that the energy that was created for this record is contagious to those that listen to it.”
Carmine Appice is best known for co-founding Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and King Kobra. As a drummer and composer, he has worked extensively with Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart and Ted Nugent, and remains on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All-Time list. Fernando Perdomo, the son of Cuban immigrants, quickly launched a successful career as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and session musician upon moving to Los Angeles in 2012. He was recently featured in the film ECHO IN THE CANYON, where he recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Jakob Dylan and many others.
The fourth full-length studio album by the critically acclaimed prog rock bandAnyone entitled In Humanity will be released on October 12 (Pre-Order on Sept 12).
This new double album marks a major shift towards a highly progressive direction with founder Riz Story performing all instrumentation in a rare display of virtuosity, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. Featuring a guest lead vocal appearance by YES vocalist (and former Anyone member) Jon Davison on the song Misanthropist.
Says Riz, “This album was conceived as a soundtrack to my feature film (and novel) of the same title and so it is highly conceptual and dynamic. The story takes place in the future when mankind has made the earth uninhabitable and venture into the cosmos to find a planet that is even more beautiful than earth, which they immediately begin to destroy. I wanted to explore the outer limits of my creativity and musicianship and pushed myself to play all the instruments, particularly the drums, in a way that was experimental and exploratory. Most all of the playing was improvised, and therefore came from a place free of thought or design. All told, I’ve been working on this album for almost a decade.”
Anyone was formed by Riz Story, along with Jon Davison (Yes) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) in the early 90’s in Laguna Beach, California. Hawkins and Davison were replaced by the time the band signed with RoadRunner Records in 2000. Their self-titled debut album received much critical acclaim including a 5-star rating from Rolling Stone. In October of 2016 the single Fly Away was featured in Story’s debut feature film “A Winter Rose” and became the most listened to rock song in America on digital formats, hitting #1 on the DRT National Airplay Rock Chart.
The album will be available in download, streaming and CD on over 200 digital distributors including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
TRACK LISTING 1. Elations 2. The Disappearing Everything 3. Apocalypse 4. The Pale Blue Dot 5. Emergence 6. Don’t Swallow Tomorrow 7. Whole World’s on Fire 8. Transfiguration 9. On the ending earth… 10. Misanthropist 11. The Madness 12. In Humanity 13. Curtain Call
Having released their latest and most accomplished album to date Inescapable, to media and fan acclaim in February, Godsticks proudly present their new single and video “Breathe”.
The track ‘Breathe’ is another prime example of frontman Darran Charles contemplating his inner demons, bringing them out of his mind and into the lyrics of this hauntingly tranquil song. Combined with one of the band’s more restrained performances, they project the eerily prescient tale of someone wanting to leave this troublesome world behind.
As Charles notes, “‘Breathe’ is the story of wanting to escape from stress by running away from it, but then being faced with the eventual realisation that no matter how far you run, there can no escape; because a lot of unhappiness and stress is caused by how we internally react to external problems. I suppose it’s the story of learning how to recalibrate my emotional responses, or it could also be interpreted as my stealing some of the tenets of cognitive behavioural therapy and passing them off as my own!”
The video, created by guitarist Gavin Bushell, was filmed at Llantwit Major beach in South Wales (the same location the band used for their ‘Surrender’ music video), the beautiful but harsh surroundings perfectly capturing the mood of the song.
Inescapable – The Album
With Inescapable the band have channelled their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage. Their mix of heavy rock, progressive and alternative metal with a dynamic range of angular riffs and emotional depth is leaving listeners reeling. On this release Godsticks found a definitive theme running through the songs, one of being more open and more personal; ultimately one that shines an inquisitive light on Charles’s struggle with inner demons which give the songs a new level of intimacy. Inescapable was produced by James Loughrey (Skindred) and recorded at the famed heritage Monnow Valley studio.
13 Winters, a comprehensive sonic journey through the dynamic, daring and exciting past releases of UK’s FROST* will be released through InsideOutMusic on November 20, 2020. Spanning eight discs, the group’s mastermind Jem Godfrey is looking forward to share this anthology artbook.
“It’s been a long time coming and has been a lot of work, but we’re finally there! My thanks to everybody at InsideOut for all their hard work on getting this together and also to Paul “Vitamin P” Tippett for the amazing new take on the album art!”
The “13 Winters” artbook is limited to 3.000 copies worldwide and also features liner notes by Nick Shilton (PROG). Presales are available now: https://frost-band.lnk.to/13Winters
Check out a trailer for this massive set here:
In addition to the limited physical edition, all discs included in this set will be available digitally on November 20, 2020.
A new album by FROST* is expected to be released in Spring 2021!
FROST* – 13 Winters
Disc 1 – Milliontown (2006) Remaster 2020 1. Hyperventilate (Remaster 2020) 2. No Me No You (Remaster 2020) 3. Snowman (Remaster 2020) 4. Black Light Machine (Remaster 2020) 5. The Other Me (Remaster 2020) 6. Milliontown (Remaster 2020)
Disc 2 – Experiments In Mass Appeal (2008) Remix/Remaster 2020 1. Experiments In Mass Appeal (Remix/Remaster 2020) 2. Welcome To Nowhere (Remix/Remaster 2020) 3. Pocket Sun (Remix/Remaster 2020) 4. Saline (Remix/Remaster 2020) 5. Dear Dead Days (Remix/Remaster 2020) 6. Falling Down (Remix/Remaster 2020) 7. You/I (Remix/Remaster 2020) 8. Toys (Remix/Remaster 2020) 9. Wonderland (Remix/Remaster 2020) 10. The Secret Song (Remix/Remaster 2020)
Disc 3 – Falling Satellites (2016) Remaster 2020 1. First Day (Remaster 2020) 2. Numbers (Remaster 2020) 3. Towerblock (Remaster 2020) 4. Signs (Remaster 2020) 5. Lights Out (Remaster 2020) 6. Heartstrings (Remaster 2020) 7. Closer To The Sun (Remaster 2020) 8. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (Remaster 2020) 9. Nice Day For It (Remaster 2020) 10. Hypoventilate (Remaster 2020) 11. Last Day (Remaster 2020)
Disc 4 – Falling Satellites – Instrumentals (2016) Remaster 2020 1. First Day (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 2. Numbers (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 3. Towerblock (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 4. Signs (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 5. Lights Out (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 6. Heartstrings (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 7. Closer To The Sun (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 8. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues in 7/8 (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 9. Nice Day For It… (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 10. Hypoventilate (Instrumental/Remaster 2020) 11. Last Day (Instrumental/Remaster 2020)
Disc 5 – Falling Satellive – Live 2017 1. Numbers (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 2. Towerblock (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 3. Signs (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 4. Lights Out (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 5. Heartstrings (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 6. Closer To The Sun (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 7. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 8. Nice Day For It… (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 9. Hypoventilate (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017) 10. Last Day (Live at Dingwalls, London, 24th November 2017)
Disc 6 – Others – EP 1. Fathers 2. Clouda 3. Exhibit A 4. Fathom 5. Eat 6. Drown
Disc 7 – The Philadelphia Experiment – Live 2009 1. Intro (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 2. Hyperventilate (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 3. Wonderland (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 4. Black Light Machine (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 5. Snowman (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 6. Saline (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 7. Milliontown (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009) 8. The Other Me (Live at The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, 2nd May 2009)
Disc 8 – This And That – B-Sides And Rarities 1. The Dividing Line 2. Lantern 3. British Wintertime 4. The Forget You Song 5. Numbers (Day 1 Demo) 6. Towerblock (Day 1 Demo) 7. Heartstrings (Demo) 8. Closer To The Sun (Demo) 9. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light In 7/8 (Day 1 Demo) 10. Last Day (Demo) 11. Hyperventilate Hypoventilate Paulstretch Test
Firmly at the forefront of the progressive rock and metal scenes for nearly three decades now and one of modern rock’s most acclaimed live acts, Sweden’s Pain of Salvation return with a new studio album entitled Panther, due out 28 August 2020 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.
Panther, the follow-up release to 2017’s In The Passing Light Of Day, was recorded, mixed and produced by Daniel Gildenlöw with Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend) and comes with a comprehensive artwork-theme with illustrations made by André Meister.
Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw had the following to say about the album: “The making of Panther has taken over two years. I have felt the need to push boundaries, both musically and sonically. Approaching the music from more diverse angles, yet without losing the core identity of the band. Lyrically it coincidentally fits more than ever into current times. When I look at the great artwork drawings that went into the concept, I can only say that I am extremely happy how everything turned out. I can’t wait to share this album with everybody.”
Track-listing for the standard edition of the album:
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The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, are pleased to announce the release of their 11th studio album Auto Reconnaissance on the 21 August 2020. The follow-up to 2018’s Proxy, sees them taking the band philosophy of celebrating the golden age of prog, whilst bringing it to the present and exploring new paths for the music to take in the future. On Auto Reconnaissance, they bend that philosophy to their will, taking in prog rock foot stomping, sublime jazz, humour, narrative, a modern R&B love song, funk/soul and a 28 minute long emotional epic about the band’s home country of England.
Andy comments: “I utterly refuse to accept that Progressive Rock Music is some kind of museum piece. It is actually a living and breathing movement that has a past, a present and above all, a future. It once had an album-chart-topping golden age, but the genre was never about that. It has subtly and virally kept itself alive for decades where many new musical genres have risen to glory and faded away.”
For this release, Andy is once again joined by long-time collaborator Luke Machin (who also helped produce the album), Jonas Reingold, Theo Travis, and Steve Roberts. Together they bring to life an album that has been influenced by the likes of ELP, The Isley Brothers, Steely Dan, Aphex Twin, National Health, Rose Royce, Squarepusher and Return To Forever amongst others.
Andy comments of the current line-up: “In the past 6 years the line-up of The Tangent has become more stable than at the beginning. I think that the identity of the Tangent as a “Group” rather than a “Project” started to come together on the album ‘A Spark In The Aether’ in 2014. Essentially Luke, Jonas, Theo and myself have appeared on the last four albums, and we added Steve Roberts for the tour that supported ‘Slow Rust’ in 2017 and we’ve settled on this line-up. I hope for a while because I find this unit to be productive, in tune with the band’s purpose and manifesto and a lot of fun to boot. The new album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ is the first time that the core band has been identical in structure to its predecessor. For the first time I feel that everyone is “in tune” with the fusion of Jazz, Prog, Punkishness and electronica that The Tangent likes to cook up. We are a good group of friends and although we don’t meet up often, it’s a real blast when we do. I’ve always considered Ed Unitsky the cover artist to have been a recurring member of the cast – his artwork has been a huge part of our story and although we move away, we always return.”
Auto Reconnaissance will be available as Limited CD Digipak (incl. bonus track), Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP booklet & as Digital Album, all featuring the artwork of Ed Unitsky, whose visuals have not been seen on a Tangent album since 2014’s A Spark In The Aether. The full track-listing can be found below:
1. Life On Hold 2. Jinxed In Jersey 3. Under Your Spell 4. The Tower Of Babel 5. Lie Back & Think Of England 6. The Midas Touch 7. Proxima (Bonus Track)
Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer Jonas Reingold (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar Theo Travis (Soft Machine, David Gilmour, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar Steve Roberts (David Cross Band, ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums