Sanguine Hum is the third group to feature the line up of Matt Baber, Joff Winks, Paul Mallyon and Brad Waissman and builds on the strong foundations left by its preceding musical ancestors. In effect, Sanguine Hum is a “no holds barred” approach to being a rock band. Complex ensemble work, profound song-writing, uniquely ambitious instrumental pieces and an equally important attention to the sonic landscape of the music as a whole give the band its defining characteristics. Sanguine Hum will excite both existing fans of Joff Winks Band and Antique Seeking Nuns and open the door for a brand new audience looking to engage with music of integrity, passion and musical intelligence.
Completely different and yet entirely related to what has gone before, Nunbient sees Baber and Winks returning to the duo based creative partnership that had made the Antique Seeking Nuns release Mild Profundities for an album of dark, disturbing and highly atmospheric electro/acoustic music. Nunbient specifically aligns itself to the world of ambient electronica and drone music as pioneered by the Warp record label and artists such as Bass Communion, whilst also addressing some contemporary classical influences of the likes of Reich, Glass and Part.
The precedent for the project exists in all of the previous Troopers For Sound releases, as each one at some point features the use of “field” recordings (ambient homemade tape recordings of school playgrounds, birdsong, traffic, random TV programmes) that are blended into the atmospheric tapestry of the music. Some of these recordings formed the basis of the very first Nunbient experiments and are layered upon textures of processed guitars and lowery organ, alongside tuned percussion and synthesizers to create an encompassing exploration of texture and rhythm.
Antique seeking Nuns
Antique Seeking Nuns was a band project that existed between 2001 and 2008, initially based around the composing/performing duo of Joff Winks and Matt Baber and later expanding to include Paul Mallyon on Drums and Brad Waissman on Bass. The band released three EP’s that stylistically responded to the challenges laid down by artists such as Frank Zappa and Hatfield and the North: music that is cerebral yet heartfelt, often complicated yet still pushing melody to the centre stage, and perhaps most controversially, taking a surreal and understated approach to the lyrics and presentation, often humorous in effect but with no loss in creative impact.
Although definitely influenced and perhaps defined by the past, Antique Seeking Nuns can be best viewed alongside artists such as Tortoise and the Flaming Lips: a post-rock group entirely and successfully absorbing its prog-rock influences into something new. An ever growing network of listeners continue to be drawn into the Nuns’ music by the aforementioned off-hand lyrical style of songs such as Double Egg and Little Machines which soften the blow of the more intense pieces such as Shatner’s Bassoon and Dead Cheese that set new standards in adventurous and demanding rock based composition.
Joff Winks Band
The second group project to feature the same line-up, Joff Winks Band existed between 2003 and 2007 in a parallel relationship to Antique Seeking Nuns and released numerous singles as well as the critically acclaimed download album Songs For Days. If Antique Seeking Nuns was consciously focusing on the instrumental side of things then Joff Winks Band deliberately placed the song centre stage, with a more personal and darker lyrical content than its sister band. Neil Young and Beck (circa Mutations) replaced Zappa and the Canterbury musicians such as Hatfield and the North as primary musical catalysts, although most reviewers found Steely Dan to be a particularly apt musical reference point. But that didn’t mean that all risk taking in the composition department had been abandoned.
The spiralling, angular guitar arpeggios of Before We Bow Down and Milo suggested a strong Mahavishnu Orchestra influence, and the delicate yet cinematic instrumental It Grows in Me Garden would have sounded perfectly at home on any ECM recording. But the way that these influences were woven into the fabric of the songs was certainly bold and genuinely original with epic, riff laden songs such as Juniper and Someone Else’s Words finding favour in the world of radio, leading the way to many high profile gigs alongside artists such as Regina Spektor, Ray La Montagne and Joseph Arthur.