Following the release of the title track from The Tangent’s forthcoming new album ‘A Spark In The Aether – The Music That Died Alone Volume Two’, due out on 20th April 2015 in Europe and 21st April 2015 in the US, the band are now pleased to reveal a lyric video for the track ‘San Francisco’, which sees The Tangent moving slightly outside the familiar surroundings of Progressive Rock. Band leader Andy Tillison had this to say about the song:
“It is part of a long piece about the way we view America from other parts of the world, and as such some of the music is reflective of the subject matter. Highly inspired by the TV theme tunes of the 1970s with shows like “The Streets Of San Francisco”, “Kojak” & films such as “Shaft” and “Bullit” – this song takes an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek look at the sheer number of times San Francisco has been destroyed on-screen. It also pays homage to the Oakland (a bay area city close to San Fran) band “Tower Of Power”.
Tillison further comments:
“Funk and Prog are like two estranged sisters. They existed side by side in the early seventies. Both musical forms relied on precision musicianship. Both forms embraced the emerging synthesizer technology. Earth Wind & Fire’s albums sleeves sometimes featured fantasy artwork with pyramids and sphinxes, Osibisa even used Roger Dean for their sleeves. Yes & EWF both toured with huge stage sets and effects that could have been describes as “similar” in concept. Anyone who is into 70s progressive rock bands must have experienced the funk stuff as part of their musical soundtrack. Where there was a Zappa, there was a Bootsy, where there was a Daevid there was a George Clinton. I think that if it had all happened now, the two racially segregated forms might have been closer to one another. Although in this video you only meet one of the sisters… the overall result of the song itself is, hopefully, to bring these forms a little closer together.”
You can check out the video here:
German fans can view the video here:
They also recently launched a promo video for the title track of the album which you can view here: