‘Tangent’s debut album on Tympanik Audio ‘Transience’ has a quality of sound that brings to mind a saloon in a cyberpunk crime novel, that it to say it’s sophisticated electronic noir. An auditory montage of beatwork that blends subtly harsh, mechanical regularity with fascinating time signatures, scattered glitches and nostalgic orchestral movements, Transience is full of latent kinetic energy.
You can’t look away for a moment, because you might miss a critical twist in the plot, and find yourself in a different story to the one in which you started. Tangent navigates through changes in regularity, volume and depth to create a texturally rich sound and blends harmony and dissonance to create a moving landscape.
In the corner of the saloon, a detective with a mechanical arm sits amid a cloud of cigarette smoke, musing to himself.
“What is that sound and where is it coming from? I think I can hear it streaming in through the open door, from outside. It sounds like children playing or birds circling around the shore. I feel it drawing me out of myself—that tug of a new discovery waiting to happen. Maybe there is something buried in the sand over there, where the waves are gently breaking around my ankles. But no, I haven’t left yet. It’s just me and these four walls. Soon.”
The detective collects himself and extinguishes his cigarette. The vision ends and a mesh or a mirage of static obscures the auditory field, but something beyond it still pulsates.’