DIVING BELL, the excellent debut album by Oxford’s SANGUINE HUM.
Featuring JOFF WINKS (vocals, guitars, drum
programming and samples), MATT BABER (Rhodes, synthesizer, percussion, mini
drum kit), BRAD WAISSMAN (bass) and PAUL MALLYON (drums, percussion, mini drum
kit), the band was formed from the ashes of the Joff Winks Band and the
Antique Seeking Nuns (a heady mix of Zappa and Canterbury influenced
instrumental compositions with songwriting that owed much to artists such as
Robert Wyatt). However, after a year of not performing live and only working in
the studio, the need for the duo to be back in a band reached a feverish pitch.
So with an ever-mounting pile of new songs the members of the Joff Winks
Band came back together under the new moniker of Sanguine Hum, recording the
album “Diving Bell” in 2011. Initially released in limited quantities on the
Troopers for Sound website, the album is a complex ensemble work, featuring
profound song writing, uniquely ambitious instrumental pieces and an equally
important attention to the sonic landscape of the music as a whole, giving the
band its defining characteristics. Sanguine Hum continue to pursue diverse
areas of writing flitting between intense instrumental pieces and unorthodox
songwriting. Influenced as much by Zappa and Mahavishnu Orchestra as they are
by bands such as Tortoise, Sanguine Hum create avant-prog-post-rock with groove
and melody to spare.
This new edition of “Diving Bell” adds three new songs
and sees the Oxford quartet consolidate an already remarkably varied career,
showcasing a new and exciting immediacy in their song writing that recalls the
very best of Radiohead, Porcupine Tree and the Flaming Lips.