On Tangents, divergent lines make contact, national demarcations and genre boundaries collapse. Senegalese griot Ablaye Cissoko, whose musical lineage dates back centuries, teams with German trumpeter Volker Goetze. Frankie Rose’s musical inspirations are more recent, but she joins Johanna and the Dusty Floor and Low Roar in curving pop and the singer-songwriter aesthetic into ambient and electronica directions. Jeff Oster casts lines back to Miles Davis space jazz, bent by Carl Weingarten’s electric slide guitar and modern ambiences. There’s a classic space music trip from Broekhuis, Keller and Schönwälder, while Glenn Jones expands the dimensions of John Fahey’s American Primitive guitar. Two other solo acoustic guitar players, Todd Boston and Sergio Altamura, interact with electronic music by using effects and loops. Wall Matthews has roots in the earliest Ambient music, via his group The Entourage Theater and Music Ensemble, who recorded in the mid-1970s. Now he plays intimate chamber music, as does One Alternative, veterans of the intersecting stylistic lines they call Acoustic Fusion. Ozric Tentacles’ tangents are warped and frayed, splintering into sunstroked electro-psychedelia.
The lines are drawn: Let them touch your ears on Tangents.
- Celtic Heart - Todd Boston
- Friends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out - Low Roar
- Asleep Among the Stones and Moss - Wall Matthews
- Moon in My Mind-Echoes - Frankie Rose
- Red One - Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder
- Heavy Heart - Johanna & the Dusty Floor
- Xingu - Ozric Tentacles
- 2 Di 4 - Jeff Oster
- Before the Sea - Sergio Altamura
- Haiti - Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze
- Sweetness-N-Light - One Alternative
- The Wanting - Glenn Jones