6pm Sun 22 July
The Rosemount Hotel
Tura and Cool Perth Nights present experimental, electronic, free improvisors – Tangents – for the launch of New Bodies at Rosemount Hotel on Sunday July 22. Tangents will bring their full live show – plucked cello gives way to a minimalist breakbeat tableau resting over rhythmic prepared piano; a staid electronic groove is gradually absorbed into washes of frenzied improv; staccato synths are woven into tumbling avant-rock; and shimmering free drums phase over static loops of piano, guitar and cello.
After an eventful year of touring throughout their native Australia – including runs with labelmates MONO and like-minded pioneers Tortoise – featuring alongside the work of artist David Hockney at the National Gallery of Victoria, post-everything, quintet Tangents return with another album, and another stylistic detour.
New Bodies continues Tangents’ rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise, and free improv jazz that defines the group’s acclaimed aesthetic. The spacious dub of a plucked cello gives way to a minimalist breakbeat tableau resting over rhythmic prepared piano; a staid electronic groove is gradually absorbed into washes of frenzied improv; staccato synths are woven into tumbling avant-rock; and shimmering free drums phase over static loops of piano, guitar and cello.
To quote FACT Magazine, “The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that it comfortably hangs in a space between them all.” On New Bodies, that description rings more intuitive and authentic than ever.
Tangents is a Sydney-based quintet that melds electronic production, experimental rock and free improvisation. The group formed in 2010 with the curation of a one-off improv concert by guitarist Shoeb Ahmad and cellist Peter Hollo, at Megaphon Studios in Sydney. A recording of that concert, via post-production, became their first LP, “I”, a joint release in 2013 on Shoeb’s hellosQuare label and the Not Applicable label, co-founded by Tangents laptoppist, London-born electronic music experimenter Ollie Bown. “I” laid out the band’s range in drone aesthetics, noise, free improvisation and electronic rhythms. In subsequent output, Tangents have striven to change up their process. 2016’s “Stateless”, their first LP with New York label Temporary Residence, is a construction of overdubs and edited jam sessions that is eclectic, strongly electronic and revelrous. 2018’s “New Bodies”, marks out a space in-between through studio improvisations and post-processing, manifesting in moments of post-rock and jazz that mixes virtuosic improvisation with studio trickery.
Tangents are: Shoeb Ahmad (guitars, effects), Ollie Bown (computer, electronic production), Evan Dorrian (drums), Peter Hollo (cello, effects), Adrian Lim-Klumpes (piano, Rhodes, vibraphone, synths). Bands related to Tangents through common members include Icarus, Spartak, FourPlay String Quartet, Triosk, Sensaround, Agency, Haunts and 3ofmillions.