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it was a fusion of all different genres from around the world. It was about disobeying rules. It was about ripping up the rulebook, and doing that whole business cliché of thinking outside of the box – bringing things together that did not belong together.”
For Andy, the issue runs much deeper than the genre’s image – it’s about the general public’s attitude towards music itself. “People can get quite indignant about committing to a piece of music if it’s 20 minutes long,” explains Andy.
“I try to make music that you can immerse yourself in. So much music today is just the background to something else – you might listen to the radio while you’re doing the washing up, or it’s on the soundtrack to a videogame – I like the purity of music that doesn’t need anything else.”
Andy also believes that the proliferation of access to music is a double-edged sword. In one respect it gives users access to almost any piece of music they can think of within moments, and in another, making the music more transitory and of less value – that if it doesn’t grab you immediately, it’s easy to skip on to the next track.
“I used to work in Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip shop after I left school, and I used to save my money up to buy records,” Andy recalls.
“I remember buying The Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis, which is one of the most involved pieces of music they ever did. It cost me £4.25 – which is a serious amount of money for a kid working in Harry Ramsden’s during his holidays. I brought it home and I didn’t like it all – I felt like I’d wasted all of my pocket money. So there was only one solution – learn to like it.
“So I played it and played it and eventually fell in love with it, and 40 years later I still know every note – that’s a kind of value I feel a lot of people today won’t get.”
As well as being passionate about prog rock, Andy champions Yorkshire. As a musician who has travelled the world, this is still his favourite place.
“I’m a proud Yorkshireman and always have been. But in particular, I’m a Wharfedale person – I just love this valley. To me it’s like this grand album that I’ve known all my life. I know where all the roads go to get me to my favourite places.
“There’s a particular seat on Beamsley Beacon where I go and sit and write my music and just switch off.
“It’s my favourite view across Wharfedale – you can see everything – you can see towns, reservoirs, hills, Bolton Abbey, you can hear steam trains whistling in the distance. It’s an absolutely glorious place to be.”
Le Sacre Du Travail is released on June 24 through InsideOut records, or can be pre-ordered at www. thetangent.org
When Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock formed Beady Eye – Oasis without Noel Gallagher – it’s fair to say that few expected much from them. Low as they might have been, their 2011 debut offering Different Gear, Still Speeding exceeded expectations and went on to sell just under a million copies. For this second album, hopes are ever-so-slightly higher, and once again, Gallagher Jr has pulled it out of the bag. Singles Flick of the Finger and Second Bite of the Apple are among the standouts. For now, it’ll do nicely.
This timely compilation reminds us just what a special talent Norwegian singersongwriter Ane Brun is. This double-CD retrospective gives an excellent overview of the 37-year-old’s career to date. Songs 2003-2013 opens with the bewitching Humming One of Your Songs, although Brun’s cover of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors also impresses. But it is two of her collaborations which prove the most mesmerising: firstly, Song No. 6, featuring Canadian singersongwriter Ron Sexsmith, and secondly, a magnificent duet with Peter Gabriel on his own Don’t Give Up. Listeners looking for esoteric music which strikes a chord need look no further.
“You were good, you were good and you were gone.” Plenty of listeners might have assumed that was Jimmy Eat World’s fate, but here’s frontman Jim Adkins singing those words on the closing track of their new album. A reminder of previous albums Clarity or Bleed American was always highly unlikely and so it proves, though the chiming guitars are still present and I Will Steal You Back most closely recalls the glory days. The best moments on Damage are the slow songs – You Were Good and the conflicted Please Say No. Perhaps the time is right for a Jimmy Eat World acoustic album? Throughout a long career Valerie Tryon has been one of the UK’s finest pianists, her sparkling account of Falla’s colourful picture of Spain displaying her fingers dancing through the final pages that ooze with virtuosity. A change to a strong and warm approach to Franck’s Variations contrasts with the spicy harmonies of Turina’s Rapsodia Sinfonica. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s backdrop is of ripe tone colours, Tryon completing the disc with three solo encores. Very good sound throughout.
ROCK LONGEVITY: Andy Tillison of The Tangent. The band’s seventh album – their first concept album – is out later this month.
NEW MUSIC: Andy Tillison at work in the studio. The Tangent’s new album is LeSacreduTravail.
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