‘Avant-garde electronics made by passionate artists with a particular taste for great sound sculptures.’
‘…this production sounds like it was touched by the hand of God.’
‘Tangent is a duo from The Netherlands which took me by surprise on their complex experimental, industrial and IDM inspired album “1mk2” released during 2013 by the visionary Mindtrick Records. The duo now joined Tympanik Audio for their new opus “Transience”, which is inspired by our universe.
Tangent is a sonic project dealing with complexity, but the duo Ralph Van Reijendam – Robbert Kok first of all remains amazing sound architects. I’m not affirming that we finally have discovered who’s hiding behind ‘the great architect of the universe’ however I have to admit that this production sounds like it was touched by the hand of God. “Transience” is not exactly what I would call an album for the masses but rather a sophisticated electronic release Tangent defines as ‘ambient-beats’ that will appeal for a very restricted audience.
The sophisticated style remains a trademark of Tangent although they’ve lost a bit of their industrial inspiration revealed at “1mk2”. The new work is dominated by overwhelming electro-ambient spheres and rhythms. The rhythms are not at the forefront, but they create an essential fusion between electronics and cadence.
“Transience” clearly sounds as an invitation to join an imaginary sound abyss mixing bombast and refined, crystal-like sound treatments. The rhythmic sometimes makes me think to a heartbeat bouncing in the background. You feel like diving into an eternal space till reaching a status of apnea. You’re getting dizzy and yet everything remains clear. The ambient universe of “Transient” is absolutely phenomenal mixing dark and mysterious passages with tracks reflecting prosperity. The arrangements always remain rather experimental revealing a kind of glitch modernism. This is the kind of album that would totally fit to a documentary or exposition.
Conclusion: This is not just experimental electro-ambient music on beats, but an artistic sound creation made by passionate artists with a particular taste for great sound sculptures. “Transient” stands for avant-garde electronics!
Best songs: “Bloom”, “Shattered”, “Reversion”, “Reformed Construct”.