Sanguine Hum are in fact the same band who used to go under the name Antique Seeking Nuns. Anyone who has had the pleasure to listen to any of their three EPs will want to check out “Diving Bell”. The Nuns three EPs were a Canterbury flavoured delight filled with humour and great sounding melodies.
This new project seems more serious and more rocking and yet I get the same pleasure from the music. 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.The vocals are excellent and it’s the kind of CD that you look forward to putting on, like visiting an old friend. I want to thank Uwe who has been an enthusiastic supporter of this group because it’s great to talk to someone who is just as into them as I am.
“No More Than We Deserve” is such an amazing sounding track, this could be a single. The vocals really remind me of the guy from the American band 3. I like when it gets heavier and the vocals get more passionate each time. Keys come in later. “The Ladder” is more laid back and we get some keyboards after 2 minutes. It does turn intense late before it ends in a spacey manner. “Dark Ages” opens with acoustic guitar as bass, drums and piano join in then vocals. It’s fairly heavy 3 1/2 minutes in but not for long as it settles back and the vocals return.
“Coast Of Nebraska” is the only instrumental and the longest track on here. Drums and fat bass lines early. The tempo will shift often. Some spacey organ before 3 minutes then it turns intense after 5 1/2 minutes. “The Trial” has a great sounding instrumental section starting around 2 1/2 minutes that I like much better than the vocal parts on this one. The guitar starts to solo before 4 1/2 minutes. Nice.
“Nothing Between Us” has a mid-paced heavy beat as the melody swirls throughout. Vocals in this one too. Cool song. “Diving Bell” opens with keyboards and light drums then it kicks in fuller before a minute. Vocals follow and it gets heavier 4 1/2 minutes in. “There’s No Hum” is fairly laid back but it’s fuller a minute in as contrasts continue. I like the more powerful sections on this one.
Easily 4 stars and once this gets out there’s going to be quite the buzz among music fans.