Tangents – New Bodies (CD Review)

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Tangents
New Bodies
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Australian instrumental quintet Tangents return with their fourth album via Temporary Residence. It is their finest work in some time, with an even broader palette of materials and stylistic reference points that are adroitly incorporated. The combination of cello, especially favoring pizzicato, and synth melodies remains, but along for the ride are prepared piano sounds, angular bass interjections, and skittering beats. Electric guitar textures and and undulating patterning are propelled by muscular acoustic drums.

Indebted to post-rock, jazz, alt-electronica, and a dose of contemporary classical sounds, it transcends these various categorizations and their carbon dating to create music that is entirely fresh and of the moment. Recommended.

Explosions in the Sky: “Logic of a Dream”

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Explosions in the Sky’s next recording is out in one month on Temporary Residence. They’ve shared a light-show strewn version of teaser track “Logic of a Dream” (see video below).

Rachel Grimes: “The Herald”

Rachel Grimes

The Clearing

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Formerly of indie chamber ensemble Rachel’s, Kentucky based pianist-composer Rachel Grimes is having a great deal of success with her solo debut, The Clearing (out now via Temporary Residence). Those of you who enjoyed Rachel’s mix of classical, ambient, and just a dash of post-rock panache will doubtless find much to admire in The Clearing. Check out album track “The Herald” below.