The Weight Of The World - Sanguine Hum

The Weight Of The World
NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM POST-PROGRESSIVE OUTFIT SANGUINE HUM.

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by Sanguine Hum. "The Weight of the World” sees Sanguine Hum expand their musical horizons on all fronts with a seven-track collection of diverse compositions - technically challenging and exciting yet always melodic and direct.
Songs such as ‘From the Ground Up’ and ‘System for Solution’ pursue the Porcupine Tree meets Radiohead approach of the debut record "Diving Bell” with powerful yet intricate riffs propelling the songwriting that continues to make ever more inventive use of surprising twists and turns in the arrangement. Surprises are to be found as well in the instrumentation as the band open up the sound and more explicitly reference a love of electronica and the music of artists such as Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin, best heard in the song ‘Day of Release’ as synthetic percussion and rumbling synths give way to chiming acoustic guitar and a soaring vocal melody. Perhaps even more exciting for a band that perhaps held some of their Prog influences in check on their debut album, is the 15-minute title track that manages the task of combining effective and emotional songwriting with thrilling musical developments that push the band to the limit.
"The Weight of the World” breaks new ground for a band at the forefront of truly "progressive” music.

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Release Date: 25/03/2013

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1. FROM THE GROUND UP
2. SYSTEM FOR SOLUTION
3. IN CODE
4. COGNOSCENTI
5. DAY OF RELEASE
6. PHOSPHOR
7. THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD (PARTS 1 TO 3)
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Protein For Everyone
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the latest release on ESOTERIC ANTENNA – "PROTEIN FOR EVERYONE” by the fabulously quirky band SCHNAUSER.

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TRACK LIST:


1. GREY OR BLUE
2. PROTEIN FOR EVERYONE
3. NATIONAL GRID
4. THE REASON THEY'RE ALIVE
5. SPLIT
6. BUON NATALIE
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In June 2013, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans took to the road in Europe to present a series of live concerts that featured a set list that excited devotees of Van Der Graaf Generator like no other for many years. The band had decided the time was right to present their epic classic piece "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers” in its entirety on stage for the first time, along with Peter Hammill’s equally epic "Flight”. As the centrepieces of the band’s live set, a series of wonderful concerts took place, drawing on the classic material from the band’s past, as well as their more recent albums such as "A Grounding in Numbers”.

Fortunately, some of these shows were recorded for posterity and have now been gathered together to form "Merlin Atmos”. Arguably the finest live album in the history of the band, "Merlin Atmos” confirms Van Der Graaf Generator as a continuing musical force and explains the loyalty and respect they continue to receive from devotees the world over. "Merlin Atmos” is a stunning musical statement from a stunningly innovative band.

This strictly limited edition 2 CD digipack edition features a 70 minute CD of "Extras” recorded on the 2013 European tour including such classic tracks as ‘Scorched Earth’, ‘Man-Erg’, ‘Meurglys III, the Songwriter's Guild’ and ‘Your Time Starts Now’.

Please Note: This title is released 2nd February 2015 and will not be dispatched until this date.

TRACK LISTING:

DISC ONE

1. FLIGHT
2. LIFETIME
3. ALL THAT BEFORE
4. BUNSHO
5. A PLAGUE OF LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
6. GOG

DISC TWO

1. INTERFERENCE PATTERNS
2. OVER THE HILL
3. YOUR TIME STARTS NOW
4. SCORCHED EARTH
5. MEURGLYS III, THE SONGWRITER'S GUILD
6. MAN-ERG
7. CHILDLIKE FAITH IN CHILDHOOD'S END
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Now We Have Light: 2CD Edition
THE STUNNING NEW ALBUM FROM SANGUINE HUM
A DOUBLE ALBUM FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED OXFORD BAND 

The Esoteric Antenna label is delighted to announce the release of the new album from SANGUINE HUM. 

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. Recorded once again in Oxford, at Evolution Studios, the double album features alongside Joff Winks and Matt Baber, original bassist Brad Waissman and, making his second studio appearance with the band, Henry Fool and No-Man drummer, Andrew Booker. Also, the band invited renowned UK jazz vibraphone player, Jim Hart, to perform on several tracks, which marks the first time that a guest musician has appeared on a Sanguine Hum album. The package comes wrapped in a striking cover of illustrations from graphic artist Meriel Waissman.

Now We Have Light is arguably the finest album to date from Sanguine Hum, one of the most innovative bands in modern Progressive music.

NB: This title is released 23rd Feb 2015 and will not be dispatched until this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
1. DESOLATION SONG
2. DRASTIC ATTIC
3. GETTING WARMER
4. OUT OF MIND
5. THEFT
6. SHIT!
7. CHAT SHOW
8. DERISION

DISC TWO
1. JUST A PRELUDE
2. CAT FACTORY
3. ON THE BEACH
4. END OF THE LINE
5. SPANNING THE ETERNAL ABYSS
6. BUBBLE TROUBLE
7. SETTLE DOWN
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