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!