In May 1913 Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps" was premiered in Paris, causing a real scandal as it was perceived by the audience as too progressive. A hundred years later, Andy Tillison and his band The Tangent released "Le Sacre Du Travail", a similarly ambitious work that refers directly to the classical original in its title. While Stravinski was concerned with a virgin offered to the Spring God, Tillison focuses on another kind of sacrifice: that which the average person makes by pursuing an often uncreative profession in order to fulfil his dream of owning his own home. On "Le Sacre Du Travail", this subject is packaged into a five-movement suite that depicts the course of the day of such a person with musical means. The result is extremely exciting, since Tillison's compositional approach has become much more orchestral and certain motifs recur more often. This includes, for example, the lively xylophone theme from the overture, in which he and his Allstar team (including Jakko Jakszyk and - again - bassist Jonas Reingold) mix prog, avant-garde and fusion in a highly entertaining way. The following "Morning Journey & The Arrival" begins with morning mood sounds, before the daily way to work is described and various Rush text quotations are heard. Even Atonales are scattered throughout the CD as a matter of course, for example in the jazz-progging "Afternoon Malaise", where drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and flutist Theo Travis (Steven Wilson) shine in particular. The furiously interpreted "Evening TV" picks up the alarm signal from the overture again at the end, closing the circle. All that remains is to hope that The Tangent will now reap the fruits of their labour.
Top Track: 5th Movement: Evening TV