These guys are ultra talented. I mean they use complex and odd time signatures in such a melodic way that unless your really listening you would miss it…Easily 4 stars and once this gets out there’s going to be quite the buzz among music fans.
As ever it’s all so clever yet well-crafted. Like the whole of this record. The band never over-stretching themselves to deliver one off-kilter bar after another. Slightly Zappa, everso slightly slightly Gentle Giant. I guess you can see, I like this band, and I like this album. I suggest you have a listen too.
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.
The result is an amazing “background” noise to fill a room, and lend a sinister beauty to almost any situation. Like an evil, twisted Boards of Canada.
Though the minimal tracks occasionally conjure up a sense of despair and hopelessness (as was intended), they also possess a stark beauty moving from moments of claustrophobic intensity to an almost startling
luminosity. Interesting, if not easy listening.
Oxfordshire Music Scene
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.
- Igloo Magazine – The Nunbient hybrid finds close to perfect voicing on “Indian Box,”, which builds slowly from an ambient whisper though clanging and rattling percussion
- Subba Cultcha – The result is an amazing “background” noise to fill a room, and lend a sinister beauty to almost any situation.
- Chain DLK – Try to listen to it using your speakers first and you’ll realize that your room is like an opened door to a different dimension.
Antique seeking Nuns
A truly delightful EP, which you can and indeed should pick up (along with its predecessor) at www.cdbaby.com. Don’t wait… this is well-worth hearing before you get your next dose of double egg, chips, beans and a tea.
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.
- DutchProgressiveRockPage.net – …As it stands this is very engaging twenty minutes of music and certainly I’ll be looking out for these guys in the future…
- Record Collector – …there’s a lively imagination at work here.
- Progressive Ears – …this is a bright, witty, warm, and hugely entertaining release
Joff Winks Band
This is ambitious, grandiose, finely crafted pop, with playfully strong melodies, that twist and turn; just when you think you’ve got the song worked out it changes pace and direction. It’s effortlessly modern music but it glances over its shoulder at timeless greats such as Neil Young.
‘Milo’ and ‘Before We Bow Down’ are typical of the scintillating and grown-up heights The Joff Winks Band can reach, and let’s face it, any band that can deliver Steely Dan chops with such slippery ease is a band to be respected.
‘English Jeff Buckley. The soaring, heartfelt Juniper is a particular highlight’.
Someone Else’s Words can only help Winks and co to capitalise further, because – put simply – it’s a belter. Yes, it’s very 70s with its zig-zagging, swaggering riffs and does bring names like Steely Dan, Big Star and mid-70s Neil Young (roughly circa On The Beach’s more upbeat moments) careering through the stratosphere… no idea if this indicative of Joff Winks Band as a rule, but I sincerely hope so. This rocks and is the epitome of way cool
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.
- Subba Cultcha – A thoroughly impressive DIY release from the winners of Zane Lowe’s Fresh Meat battle of the bands competition…
- Whisperin & Hollerin – “Songs for Days” is a classy, ambient and beautifully crafted album…
- Music News – It’s only a matter of time before the band makes their own mark in music.