Monday, February 23, 2015

Sanguine Hum "Now We Have Light"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna
FormatCD, digital
Release dateFebruary 23, 2015
Disc 1
  1. Desolation Song (6:28)
  2. Drastic Attic (3:35)
  3. Getting Warmer (3:02)
  4. Out of Mind (5:52)
  5. Theft (4:52)
  6. "Shit!" (2:13)
  7. Chat Show (6:56)
  8. Derision (6:30)
Disc 2
  1. Just a Prelude (1:57)
  2. Cat Factory (2:57)
  3. On the Beach (6:07)
  4. End of the Line (9:22)
  5. Spanning the Eternal Abyss (17:04)
       i) A Temporal Bursting
       ii) The Gusty Forest
       iii) Cog
       iv) On Another Beach
       v) Double Bubble Trouble
       vi) Bubble Trouble
    6. Settle Down (5:38)

Matt Baber: Keyboards
Joff Winks: Guitar and Vocals
Brad Waissman: Bass
Andrew Booker (Henry Fool, No-Man): Drums
Jim Hart: Vibraphone

Now We Have Light is the third Sanguine Hum album, following on from the acclaimed albums Diving Bell and the Weight of the World. Now We Have Light is a double CD concept album. Unusually with this record, it is also something that the band have been working on for over a decade, and its roots go right back to the days of Antique Seeking Nuns, which was the earliest project that guitarist Joff Winks and keyboard player Matt Baber collaborated on. During this time they hatched a truly bizarre conceptual story to hang even more music around - a work that perhaps was too ambitious for them at the time, and one which took the formation of Sanguine Hum to make it a feasible challenge to complete. Somewhat like a twisted mix of Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage and the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Now We Have Light is a future parable set in an entirely possible scenario, in which entirely impossible events start occurring.
Although a core group of songs were written for this album as far back as 2002, the band were inspired by the most recent Sanguine Hum material to revisit the old tunes and where needed develop and rewrite what already existed, whilst also creating a large amount of brand new music at the same time. Ultimately, it has come to represent a definitive cross section of all the work that they have made as Antique Seeking Nuns, Joff Winks Band, Nunbient and Sanguine Hum thus far.

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