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NOW WE HAVE POWER

Sanguine Hum

 

Neo-Prog

3.89 | 41 ratings

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4 stars Probably I must warn you. Albums provided by SANGUINE HUM, and in the same way the forerunner outfit Antique Seeking Nuns, mostly left an enthusiastic impression on me. This one is the sequel to their acclaimed double CD 'Now We Have Light', that was released back in 2015. Undoubtedly they have managed to consolidate their own unique sound over the years, which in general includes influences taken from the neo prog, art rock and canterbury genres. Joff Winks is a prolific guitarist and on top of it has got a very sensitive voice. Matt Baber on the other hand marks the driving force on all sorts of keyboard/synth stuff you may imagine. Brad Waissman then impresses on bass and chapman stick as usual, where finally Paul Mallyon is back again on the drums here surprisingly. Not listed as a regular crew member though.

The band now have signed with the Bad Elephant Music label, a good move it seems when longing for a more established recognition and reputation. Although their music often enough is charming, deriving from mellow meadows so to say, this is nothing for background listening duties. Switch away from any multitasking attitude, concentrate on this, and reserve time for more than one or two rounds. Both opening View parts are showing a melancholic vibe including really heart-wrenching polyphonic vocals. Melting ice! The fantastic A Tall Tale is standing for a heavier orientation, though overall the album is presented with less rocking attitude this time. Nevertheless they are able to keep up their quality standards 'till the last minute, careful use of a trumpet inclusively. Another winner in 2018.

Rivertree | 4/5 |

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