The new Sanguine Hum album ‘What We Ask Is Where We Begin’ has been making some waves with the recent All About Jazz feature by John Kelman and a review in April’s edition of Record Collector where Ian Abrahams commenting “it was ahead of the curve” gave the album a resounding 4 stars.
The new Sanguine Hum album “What We Ask Is Where We Begin” is available to buy now.
Featuring two discs of audio and at over 2 hours long “What We Ask Is Where We Begin” presents a unique opportunity to delve into the early years of Sanguine Hum. Originally released under the moniker “Joff Winks Band” and as a download only recording in 2017 this brand new edition of “Songs For Days” features an extended master of the original album, alongside a second disc of rarities, and never before heard songs and instrumentals recorded at the same time as “Songs For Days”.
To order please visit the catalogue section of troopers for sound.
It’s not long to go now until the release of the new Sanguine Hum album ‘What We Ask is Where We Begin’.
A look back at the beginnings of the 2012 prog award nominees ‘What We Ask is Where We Begin’ consists of an extended master of the original Joff Winks Band album ‘Songs for Days’ alongside a second disk of tracks rarities and unreleased compositions from the period.
If you haven’t already seen the promo video, featured exclusively on Prog Magazines website in December 2015, then its time to whet your appetite!
Disc One features the “lost” Songs For Days album, making its first official CD appearance. Disc Two contains 16 tracks including new mixes of singles, session out takes and 40 mins of never before heard songs and instrumentals! The booklet contains a lengthy essay/interview about the era by Michael Björn of Strange Days magazine, plus intro notes by Ian Fairholm of Eppyfest and Steve Davis of the Interesting Alternative Show. All finished off with copious track notes by the band and many rare photos. Oh…and a Steely Dan cover version!! Pre order your copy today!
SANGUINE HUM – WHAT WE ASK IS WHERE WE BEGIN:
The Songs For Days Sessions
Howdy Folks. We’ve been busy preparing a special archival project that gathers together 2hrs and 10 mins of music that we made in the “lost” era before Diving Bell – including the first ever CD appearance of the Songs For Days album!! Here’s the lowdown:
What We Ask Is Where We Begin: the Songs For Days Sessions
Following hot on the heels of 2015’s highly acclaimed double album Now We Have Light, Sanguine Hum return to cast an intriguing light on the early years of their career. Whilst many Hum fans got on board with the albums the Weight of the World and Diving Bell, there will be many completely unaware of a “lost” gem recorded in 2006 – an album that technically was the band’s bona fide debut: Songs For Days. It was lost for a number of reasons. Firstly, the band had yet to settle on the name Sanguine Hum, and for some rather convoluted reasons it came out as Joff Winks Band (a name universally hated by everyone in the band…especially Joff!). Secondly, despite much initial excitement, Songs For Days failed to find a home on a record label and so appeared with minimal hurrah as a download only.
And what a loss! Meaning that only a few hardcore fans would become familiar with the epic, soaring Juniper, the twisting Mahavishnu inspired Milo, the childhood nostalgia of Cast Adrift, the traces of Steely Dan blended with Canterbury Prog or the cinematic ambient segues and instrumentals gluing the album together. In short Songs For Days is an album that the band described at the time as being “kaleidoscopic”. And that’s not all. What We Ask is Where We Begin presents an extended master of Songs For Days on disc one, marking its first ever appearance on CD. Disc Two however, is a real treasure trove of discovery! The gestation period of Songs For Days covered many years of writing and recording sessions and this second disc presents the following:
Over 40 mins of never before heard songs and instrumentals
Several instrumental pieces newly finished by the band for this release
The band’s authentic and faithful cover of Steely Dan’s classic song Here at the Western World
The 2006 first attempt at recording future Sanguine Hum classic There’s No Hum
20 minutes of session outtakes from the main Songs For Days tracking dates
New mixes of singles/B Sides
Extended liner notes, interviews, rare photos and memorabilia from the era
Now finally seeing the light of day on Esoteric Antenna, these recordings demonstrate that for many Sanguine Hum fans there is a whole new side of the band still to be discovered!
Now We Have Light is a full blown concept album that the band have been working on for over a decade and its roots go back to the early days of Antique Seeking Nuns, Joff Winks’ & Matt Baber’s pre Sanguine Hum band.
We’re happy to share with you a new video clip of the forthcoming DVD/CD release Sanguine Hum – Live in America. We’re also now ready to reveal details about pre-ordering your copy of the DVD and how YOU can help us to complete Sanguine Hum’s next ambitious double album project ‘Now We Have Light’
One thousand strictly limited copies of this live DVD will be available and will not be repressed in the future. Each copy will be individually numbered and includes the 12 song film recorded at Rosfest in May 2012, an accompanying CD of the performance, plus an audio interview with the band recorded the day after the show, along with a photo gallery. Sales from this DVD will be directly funding the next Sanguine Hum album, ‘Now We Have Light’.
However, if you would like an opportunity to help the band just a little bit further then read on…
As we mentioned, the follow up to the ‘Weight of the World’ will be a double, concept album and we need as much help as we can with the extra studio costs and our plans to make this the best ‘Hum’ album to date, both musically and visually. To this end we will be setting aside the first 50 copies of ‘Live in America’ as special “fund raiser packages” priced at £30.00.
For those willing to pay the extra, other than our eternal gratitude, you will receive:
A hand signed copy of the DVD/CD ‘Live in America’, numbered from 1 to 100
Your name printed in the booklet for ‘Now We Have Light’ as an official “album sponsor”
Exclusive, unreleased bonus tracks from the RoSFest performance in a digital format of your choice.
A chance to stream ‘Now We Have Light’ before it’s official release date.
We appreciate every purchase by every listener, but if you feel like digging in to your pockets that little bit further then the “Live in America fund raiser package” of just 100 copies is available to pre-order now exclusively from Troopers For Sound.
The standard release will be ready to pre-order shortly after the “fundraiser” copies, We’re expecting to start shipping the first copies in around 6 to 8 weeks.
In the meantime, please enjoy another track from the DVD as we revisit one of the earliest pieces we composed, dating back to when we were writing as Antique Seeking Nuns, featuring a blistering guitar solo from Joff Winks.
Here’s a sneak preview from our soon to be released DVD Sanguine Hum – Live in America, recorded at RoSFest back in May 2012.
This track, ‘Derision‘, will also be appearing on our next studio album Now We Have Light and of course, by purchasing a copy of the limited edition DVD/CD package of Live in America you will also be directly helping us to fund the new album recording sessions!
Stay tuned in the next few weeks for updates on pre-ordering.
If XTC and Jellyfish had a child, Sanguine Hum might be it (with Frank Zappa for a godfather)…”, so says the website Progarchy who have placed ‘The Weight of the World‘ in the number 2 position of the year’s best albums! Head over to progarchy.com to see the full line up of albums.
The album also received the blessing of Prog Magazine’s editor Jerry Ewing, featuring in his top albums of 2013 list and is featured in Zachary Nathanson’s blog ‘Top 30 albums of 2013’.