Monday, August 15, 2016

The Tangent Release Short Film Reacting To Brexit

Progger Andy Tillison and his top-notch outfit, The Tangent, have released a 20 minute short film (i.e., a standard-length prog song) raging against the popular rhetoric and racist vitriol surrounding the recent vote in England for that country to renounce its membership in the European Union. "A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road" is loud, brash, and unapologetic in its intensity, featuring alternating narration, singing, and instrumental passages. It's about as punk as a prog song can get.

On his Facebook page, Tillison offered the following dedication: "So For all those people, for Marie Eve, for Dagmara, For Tushar, for my amazing students from countries I don't even know how to pronounce. who teach me more than I teach them - this song is for you. It's a song from a man who loves his Yorkshire, his England, his Britain and his Europe more than the self serving hacks from the tabloid press seem to love anything. This is The Tangent. We are a PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND. This is our new song. Play as loud as you can - and make sure you listen to the very end."

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Devin Townsend Project Release New Single, "Failure"

The Devin Townsend Project have released "Failure" as the first single for their upcoming album Transcendence, due out on September 9th from Inside Out Music.

In addition to serving as a relatively accessible first listen for Transcendence, this song includes some notable departures from the Devin Townsend Project's past releases. The track features an extended guitar solo from about 2:15 until about the 4 minute mark, when synths come to the fore. Mostly eschewing technical wankery, the solo is an exploration that complements the contemplative mood of "Failure." In a departure from the usual spotlighting of Anneke Van Giersbergen's gorgeous contributions, all backing vocals are folded into the big 'choir' effect on the chorus, leaving the focus squarely on Devin's soaring laments. Finally, the mix feels more airy and centered on keys and drums, as opposed to the denser guitar-dominated approach that Devin sometimes takes.

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The DTP must have been feeling pretty cheeky to release "Failure" as the first single from the new album, as it clearly succeeds. It's a strong track in its own right, it includes many musical trademarks that longtime fans will expect (soaring vocals, heavy riffs, exploration of dark moods and textures), but it also distinguishes itself with the long guitar solo and lighter mixing. In interviews, Devin has talked up the significance of the collaborative writing approach for Transcendence, and it seems to have paid off with, ironically, a spectacular "Failure."

To follow up the new single, Devin Townsend will participate in a Facebook Live Q&A on August 10, at around Noon his time (Vancouver time?).