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SANGUINE HUM emerged from the Oxford based band Antique Seeking Nuns, which already recorded three highly acclaimed EP's. Eventually Matt Baber (keyboards), drummer Paul Mallyon, Joff Winks (guitar, vocals) and bassist Brad Waissman decided to move forward to new horizons. Originally more focussed on canterbury styled songs they began to widen their scope while including more rocking elements.

The band started to record basic tracks for their debut during May and November 2008. The change finally revealed when the EP 'Plays The Nuns - Live 2009' was released on Troppers For Sound, consisting of three 'old' recordings played live. SANGUINE HUM's ambitious first album 'Diving Bell' saw the the light of day at the end of 2010, provided with profound song-writing, haunting melodies and excellent musicianship.

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3.78 | 44 ratings
Diving Bell
2010
3.63 | 56 ratings
The Weight Of The World
2013
3.81 | 89 ratings
Now We Have Light
2015
3.74 | 19 ratings
What We Ask Is Where We Begin, The Songs For Days Sessions
2016

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3.20 | 6 ratings
Live In America
2012

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3.25 | 3 ratings
Plays The Nuns - Live 2009
2009

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 Now We Have Light by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.81 | 89 ratings

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Now We Have Light
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars Only days before ordering this album, I was thinking about the four humours that were named after bodily fluids. What were they now? Sanguine from blood. Phlegmatic from phlegm. And what else? Hydrophilic from water and pissed off from urine? No, that's not right. But as I thought, I recalled that there was a band called Sanguine Hum whose album review I had read a while back on PA. A few days later, I sat before the computer with Amazon UK open, seeing what Brexit had done for UK CD prices, and as I selected albums to possibly order, "Customers who bought this also bought" came up with Sanguine Hum. There was a new release, but the Cat Factory cover appealed to me more and the album got ordered.

"Now We Have Light. Part One of the Buttered Cat Conspiracy. (This text reserves the right to randomly mix past, present and future tenses!)" This album is a concept narrative, and the booklet that comes with the CD does not include lyrics to the songs but instead explains what is happening as each track plays out. This is a future, post- apocalyptic world where a circle of billionaires has created a circle around the wealthy and use windmills to blow away smog. People have what are known as Drastic Attics where stuff is stored because a decree states that nothing can ever be thrown away. The explanation in the booklet has a typical English bent toward humour and the story is told with understatement, irony, and of course a degree of sarcasm. Our protagonist, Don, discovers the perpetual energy theory is proven when a cat with butter on its back is tested to see which side will land on the floor and instead ends up suspended in the air and rotating. Don has by chance also discovered a blue print for such a device. What luck!

Well, the story goes on and the plot thickens as Don's blueprint is stolen and the government orders all felines to be rounded up. But let's look at the music.

What we have here is a very English approach to modern progressive rock, maybe. Much of the music is driven by keyboards: synthesizers and organ mostly. Guitar plays an important part, featured in acoustic, clean electric, and a little bit edgy distorted guitar as well. Bass and drums play their parts gracefully sidestepping mainstream demands for banality. It's really difficult for me to pin down an suitable comparison. I am reminded of Pure Reason Revolution but also Radio Head in a spot or two, here and there some Happy the Man lite, and well, who else? The band has a sense for laid back jazz in a more upbeat musical atmosphere than Gazpacho would deliver. And surely there are moments that revive some classic mid to late seventies prog/pop. The vocals are light and marked with very clear English enunciation. There are songs and there are instrumentals and the two approaches are coordinated and sequenced so that one never outstays the other significantly.

Though the first two tracks, "Desolation Song" and "Drastic Attic" give a good feel for the whole album, the more angular and rapidly descending electric guitar arpeggios of "Theft" or the grooving bass of "Cat Factory" or the mechanical "Cog" instrumental in the six-part "Spanning the Eternal Abyss" will stand apart without coming across as outside of the scope of the album's sound and atmosphere. The acoustic guitar instrumental "On Another Beach" (part four of "Spanning the Eternal Abyss") is also lovely.

Sanguine Hum seem to like to introduce a musical theme and then build on it, then drop it momentarily as they introduce a related but different theme, and then reprise the original and add more colour to it. Comparing this album to another planet, I'd say it has a variety of landscapes that includes mountains without many crags, plains with rolling hills, patches of rock gardens, wildflowers, and groves of trees, and a climate that is at times foggy or weird but mostly fairly pleasant and easy to enjoy.

Though few tracks as yet stand out for me, the overall impression I have is that this is a double album that can be easily enjoyed but is also easy to hear while thoughts are set free to wander outside of the music. Well composed and executed. Some ear-catching moments. Intentionally avoids being too punchy or complex.

Our story, by the way, ends up leaving us with a promised sequel. To be continued in "Now We Have Power".

 Now We Have Light by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.81 | 89 ratings

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Now We Have Light
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This quartet still is hard to pigeonhole when trying to pin down a distinct music style respectively genre. Their predecessor 'Weight Of The World' from 2013 widely opened the door to the progressive new artrock field. 'Now We Have Light' yet comes as another progression - a concept outfit, comprised of material which has matured within the last ten years at least. Consequently the stylistical boundaries are more comprehensive then ever, obviously resulting from the member's shifting preferences and influences over the course of time.

Matt Baber (keybords), Joff Winks (guitar/vocals), Brad Waissman (bass) and drummer Andrew Booker are offering more than 80 thrilling minutes here, this separated on two discs featuring 15 tracks in total. Additionally a DVD is part of the box set released on Esoteric/Antenna, which supplies the obligatory making of and some outtakes. For me only Cat Factory had a reputation already at the very start, as this one has been part of several live sets before. A short instrumental which deserves a special praise from me while delivering a nice mellotron disposition and a terrific bass line.

There are some excerpts which definitely will have a place on my playlists for a long time - though preferably I recommend to examine the particular discs in one go. There's a really charming start given with the Desolation Song contribution. Chat Show is excellently pointing to their canterbury roots when they once were having eggs and baked beans for breakfast under the moniker ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS. And then just take the time for attempting the impossible when Spanning The Eternal Blyss - it's worth it, not only because there are also intense crimsonesque and zappaesque moments to detect.

Where Shit! is coming from the electronic playground Out Of Mind provides a real masterpiece, Chat Show shows another jewel I can't get enough of. Bass and synthesizer are excellently complementing on Settle Down. Featuring Jim Hart on vibraphone regarding two songs, the album most heard in recent months. For me a wonderful experience again, a definitive cross section of all the stuff they have done before, and this without simply recompiling. Well, very probably it's inspiring to have some bubble trouble besides some double bubble trouble, you see? Thank you for that, fellas!

 Now We Have Light by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.81 | 89 ratings

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Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars INTRICACY ABOUNDS SUBSTANTIALLY!

First I'd just like to say 'thank you' to everyone who has reviewed albums here on PA and led me to discover great music! As a matter of fact, I swear by the PA reviews, especially when I discover another cd that I have to have! Damn y'all! Please pardon my French! And to you French, please pardon my English!

In regards to this recording, I enjoy it immensely! I didn't 'get' it on the 1st spin, but after a couple I did 'get' it! Right now it holds the coveted, 'I can't take it out of my van's cd player' award! The word that I feel describes this album most appropriately is intricate. (and whether you might have noticed or not, that sentence did not end in an exclamation point!) (sorry). Even on the more aggressive moments of this album, intricacy is still whispered to me. Although aggressiveness is in the minority here-it's a more finessed, middle-of-the-road type of recorded music, if you will. In it's own way, it's very beautiful to me without being overtly mellow. Although I do like many a mellow cd which I discovered on PA also. Bastards. What, do you think I'm made of money or something?!

I am torn between giving this outstanding recording of luscious music 4 or 5 stars. I love it, but I can't quite bump it up to 5 stars. It's at least 4.5 though! So I'll give it a solid, highly recommended 4 stars! Thanks for reading, take care and enjoy Gods gift of music!

PS-Please be assured that my cursing was very much meant to be comical and I do not direct that to anyone at all on PA! (one last exclamation point!)

 Diving Bell by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.78 | 44 ratings

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Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by RaelWV

4 stars As I said in my ROSFest review a few weeks ago, Sanguine Hum was one of the band I went into the festival not really knowing anything about. Seriously, I had not heard note one from this band. All I knew was that their sole release, Diving Bell, had come out in 2010 and had just been rereleased by the new Antenna imprint from Esoteric Records.

My general policy, when it comes to festival bands, is that if they have only one album out I wait until after I've seen them perform to pick it up. For whatever reason, my brain has concluded that buying a band's only album ahead of time and being disappointed is infinitely worse than buying one album out of ten but being equally disappointed. It's music, I don't expect it to make sense to anyone but me (and, at times, that's a stretch).

That proved more difficult at ROSFest than I anticipated. I had seen Diving Bell at a couple of vendor tables during the weekend, but they slowly disappeared as the weekend went on. By the time the band finished it's set on Sunday morning, everybody was sold out. But not to worry! Although the band explained that they had trouble getting their merchandise across the Atlantic to Gettysburg, they did have about 40 or so CDs with them. To the post-set meet and greet I went, then, with high hopes.

As it happened, the CDs the band had with them weren't Diving Bell, but a pair of EPs from their prior incarnation, Antique Seeking Nuns (more of them later). I picked those up, anyway, but walked away feeling like an excellent album from a great new band had slipped out through my fingers over the weekend. So I did what any semi-modern man would do in such a situation.

I ordered it off Amazon.

Which is a roundabout way of saying I really liked their set at ROSFest. Thankfully, their studio output doesn't disappoint, either. I have a hard time pinning down just what it is about this band that I like so much. Part of it, certainly, is the continuous sonic presence of Rhodes electric piano in their tunes. It's one thing to hear it pop up here and there on a record. It's quite another for it to be a defining tonality, which is something you generally see in the jazzier corners of the prog world (as I write this, I'm listening to the late and very much missed Alberto Bonomi of D.F.A. work it in that style).

That aspect makes more sense in light of the band's work as Antique Seeking Nuns, which has a lot of Canterbury influence. Indeed, it's almost neo-Canterbury in spots. As Sanguine Hum, the band's sound has shifted somewhat to be more "rock" and incorporate some of the style of modern quasi-prog (think Radiohead or the like), but that Canterbury undercurrent is there all the same.

Long ago in an Email conversation with Robert Pashman of 3rDegree (new album due this fall!), he explained how one of the problems they had in finding an audience was that the band wasn't "weird" enough for prog fans, but was too weird for the mainstream. I get the same vibe with Sanguine Hum (although they do it with different influences than 3rDegree). On the one hand, there's nothing going on here that should scare away the music loving masses ? this ain't Magma or Present, after all. On the other, there's just enough oddness infused in the music that folks interested only in simple background music will find it too dense and, yes, "weird."

But questions of genre classification and prog purity are pointless ? this is an excellent album from an interesting and talented group of guys.

 The Weight Of The World by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.63 | 56 ratings

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The Weight Of The World
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by RaelWV

4 stars In spite of what Foreigner says, it never really feels like the first time. There's just something about the spark of discovery that can't be replicated. That's true of music as much as it is of, well, other things.

When Sanguine Hum took the stage at ROSFest 2012 I hadn't heard note one from them. They only had one album out and I was perfectly willing to wait and see what they were all about in a live setting. That worked out well, as they completely blew me away. I went out and got a hold everything related to the band I could, from their album Diving Bell to a pair of EPs by a prior incarnation of the band called Antique Seeking Nuns. I even tracked down an electronic side project called Nunbient. I was musically smitten.

Then, this year, along came The Weight of the World. A new album! Oh, joy! Oh, rapture! Oh . . . hey, wait a minute. This isn't quite the same, is it? No, this time I've got some idea what to expect going in. The result, as it happened, was that the new album landed in my mind with a kind of depressing thunk. It wasn't bad, certainly, but wasn't brain rattlingly brilliant.

That was months ago.

Now, I'm pretty convinced that The Weight of the World is, in fact, brain rattlingly brilliant. It takes the style of Diving Bell, refines it even further and adds some neat extras (some imported from Nunbient, to my pleasant surprise).

Take "From the Ground Up," which opens the album with just a synthy beat and vocals, unlike anything from Diving Bell. Things get more "organic" once the whole band joins in (Matt Barber favors a lot of Rhodes piano, which is far from a bad thing) and the long, lilting vocal lines sit atop winding guitar and synth lines. Similar touches of electronica infuse "Cognoscenti" and the exponential spiraling of "Day of Release," as well. A couple other tracks, including the instrumental "In Code," conjure a Zappa-esque feel with some finely crafted tuned percussion work. All this leads to the epic title track, which wraps up everything in neat, if sprawling, package.

In the end, it's hard to pin down just what it is about Sanguine Hum that hits my musical sweet spot. Their music is dense, layered, and complex but doesn't come off as "complicated" just for the sake of it. In other words, the band doesn't scream "progressive rock," it's just as proggy as it wants to be. On the other hand, it's generally melodic and tuneful, but with a dark edge to it that doesn't exactly leave you walking down the street whistling. Antinque Seeking Nuns had a Canterbury-ish sense of humor that's lacking, or at least tempered by serious melancholy, in Sanguine Hum. Maybe that's it - that combination, leavened with a heavy dose of genuine Englishness, curdles into something I just can't resist. It doesn't sound like anything else out there, that's for certain.

Regardless, The Weight of the World lives up to its ambitions and is, if not the very best album of the year, certainly one of them. So, no, it's not like the first time. It's even better.

 Now We Have Light by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.81 | 89 ratings

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Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by Tull Tales

5 stars For their third effort, Sanguine Hum give us a double disc concept album that is an amalgamation of all their previous incarnations, and much much more. It contains the wit and whimsy of Antique Seeking Nuns; the ambiance and atmosphere of Nunbient, the succinct song-craft of The Joff Winks Band; and the depth and complexity of Sanguine Hum.

They build from a humorous idea: that buttering the backs of cats could be a source of power! (Because we all know that cats always land on their feet, and buttered toast always lands butter side down.) But lurking beneath the silly exterior is a truly poignant study of the human condition.

The music is so listenable that you might not even notice how incredibly rich, nuanced, and complex it is. I thought their last album was great, but this one is amazing. If you have not heard this band before, you need to. If you have, get this record!

 Diving Bell by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.78 | 44 ratings

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Diving Bell
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Sanguine Hum were born in Oxford, UK out of the ashes of Antique Seeking Nuns, well, not actually out of the ashes, as the band's line-up is exactly the same with the former group (Matt Baber on keyboards, Joff Winks on vocals/guitar, Paul Mallyon on drums and Brad Waissman on bass), so consider them as an extension of the gone Canterbury-styled group.Sanguine Hum was seen as an evolution of Antique Seeking Nuns's sound and after a short time-out the members gathered again to rehearse on new pieces.Some of them though date back from the later days of Antique Seeking Nuns and with the addition of new pieces the album ''Divine bell'' was released in a limited number copies at the fall of 2010 on the band's own Troopers for Sound label.Esoteric Antenna took care of a more proper release two years later.

If the addition of strong, modern Pop elements can be considered as an evolution, then Sanguine Hum certainly differ a bit from the formation of ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS.The members had already a tendency towards artistic and sophisticated music with Post Rock touches, but on ''Divine bell'' this style was somewhat expanded with the addition of Art Pop and Alternative Rock elements.They still deep into Canterbury atmospheres with the electric piano on occasional display, but they had moved into a more SYD ARTHUR-like vein, where Psych Pop and contemporary Rock appear to be basic components of their compositions.Good thing they kept playing in a fine composing level, they still have left room for some instrumental flexibility, although in a more modern vein with definite Post Rock vibes and the sentimental and almost melodramatic voices and choruses are memorable.So, expect an album, which is now driven by some Pop sensibilities, atmospheric instrumental passages and balanced rhythm and lead guitars, trying to keep the old fashion of the Cantebury scene.Guitars appear to be quite crunchy and even pretty heavy at moments with a slight ANEKDOTEN atonality and the throbbing bass and propelled drums are also driving factors.The keyboards play a secondary role, which still appears to be a vital element in the music, even if offered in a smooth style, but delivering an overall richer sound and the needed dreamy edge.The result is always well-crafted and even pretty emotional at moments with a conbination of heavy and lighter textures.

Slightly more poppy version of ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS, quite paradox, because Sanguine Hum sound a tad heavier compared to the demised band, but the structures are generally more accesible and straight.Quite personal and attractive music.Recommended.

 The Weight Of The World by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.63 | 56 ratings

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Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I would not be surprised in the least if this band gained some commercial success down the road at some point. And while I miss the humour of their former incarnation (ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS), this project draws me in with their powerful, intricate and melodic sound. It's hard not to focus on the modern sounding vocals but man when you really listen to the instrumental work it's impressive and challenging to say the least. Once again Matt Baber's keyboard work (Fender Rhodes, Hammond and synths) gains most of my praise, but the new drummer certainly has chops and he fits in well with the usual outstanding guitar and bass work.

"From The Ground Up" is laid back to start with relaxed vocals, a beat and gentle guitar before things pick up. Love the passionate vocals before 1 1/2 minutes as the contrasts continue. A powerful instrumental section kicks in around 3 minutes with the Hammond screaming out. The last couple of minutes are so uplifting. Such a great track. "System For Solution" is 8 minutes in length and quite powerful. I haven't mentioned the lyrics yet but they are one of the band's strong points and they are brilliant here. I like the way they contrast the powerful with the more intricate and complex passages on this track. Nice guitar work 5 minutes in reminding me of Steven Wilson for some reason. "In Code" is the only instrumental and it might be my favourite song on here. It opens in such an exhilarating manner reminding me of ANATHEMA's latest stuff. This track is simply a joy, one of those "life is good" moments that I don't want to end. Thanks guys. "Cognoscenti" has lots of intricacies to enjoy along with some aggressive guitar at times. The keyboards are fantastic as usual.

"Day Of Release" is interesting to start with the relentless beat and powerful synths as the vocals almost speak the lyrics. Things seem to get more intense and yet they are holding back. The intensity is released before 4 1/2 minutes to the end. Such a cool tune. "Phosphor" is a short 3 minute track that is very mellow with fragile vocals to start. A fuller sound follows. Some nice piano work in this one. "The Weight Of The World" ends the album in style with an almost 15 minute three part extravaganza. Some prominant guitar in the first part but the vocals and drums also stand out. An excellent instrumental section with lots of keyboards kicks in before 2 1/2 minutes. It becomes uplifting before 5 minutes and the vocals join in as we have started the second part of this song. Part three begins around 7 minutes in as we get a more serious sound with the wind blowing as the vocals join in. It turns heavy before 10 minutes then back to that intricate soundscape. I like the way themes are repeated throughout this epic track.

Another winner from this talented band. Please check these guys out !

 The Weight Of The World by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.63 | 56 ratings

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The Weight Of The World
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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2 stars This is another album that I really can't get into very well. It has some interesting parts, but it just seems so "blah" overall. Let me explain:

The vocalist really irks me. I don't know why, but his boy band vox are annoying. I could barely listen to the rest of the album. On top of this, the compositions seem to ramble and really have little to no point. The lyrics are well done, but I really can't remember much about them, except that they seem pointless. Again, though, the composition seems like it was made to sound like prog, and not actually BE prog. It's as if they thought adding extended portions somehow makes them prog.

There is absolutely nothing interesting that happens, and nothing unique or original is ever displayed. There is some nice synth near the end, and the final track is passably listenable. But, overall, the album is below average, whether we speak of the easy-as-pie instrumentation or the overall lack of structure and point. Maybe this is for fans of indie rock and post rock, but it certainly isn't for me.

 The Weight Of The World by SANGUINE HUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.63 | 56 ratings

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The Weight Of The World
Sanguine Hum Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

5 stars Well. What a nice discovery

This is very versatile prog rock.

But I am sure this is no neo prog ...

This is crossover prog in the line of Big Big Train.

But also in the post rock line Tortoise comes to my mind.

¿Why in the Uk there appear so many excellent prog rock bands? There you can find the real art rock,creative rock .... Bands in the US are good too but more oriented to to sales matter.

I can imagine no SH future as successful as Big Big Train .

Beatiful songs,excellent compositions ,very good musician and vocals.

For me the rating is more than 4,5..so... 5 then.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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