Twinkling electronics from Dutch outfit Tangent here on their third album Collapsing Horizons. Each track could be excavated to reveal separate strata: glitchy beats, serene ambience, digital hiss and delicate melodies all coexist neatly together. Released as CD and as coloured vinyl LP on the n5MD label.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 11 October 2016
Dutch electronic types Tangent have crafted here, for our listening pleasure, their third album of swirling glitchtronica probably unlike anything your mama used to make, but possibly not unlike the things Daniel Lopatin still makes. Tangent are drummer and sound designer Ralph van Reijendam and vocalist and sound engineer Robbert Kok, and this record is a beautifully constructed, organic sounding concoction which twinkles and shimmers in all the right places.
‘Dawn’ uses haunting pads to create an atmosphere to enrich your early mornings, leading into the sparkling keyboards of ‘Gravitational Singularity’. Here, the ambience is switched up a gear or two as bass and rising warm tones are peppered with fragmented beats that threaten to suck you into a black hole backwards with them. But I’m still here so perhaps that wasn’t the plan.
‘Immutable Surface’ is a gorgeous piece of fluffy blanketing electronics that tinkles as it wraps around you. Layered pads continue to throb melodically on ‘Tectonic Shift’, as they do throughout the record. It’s all so comforting. On ‘Ascending Awareness’, tones slowly resolve themselves through the layers of misty glitch and static, only to dissolve and give way to more steadily expanding and extending notes of hypnotic drone. Absorbing and mesmerising stuff.
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