After an eventful year of touring throughout their native
Australia - including runs with labelmates MONO and
like-minded pioneers Tortoise - and 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. A spacious, 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.