Sanguine Hum has made an excellent prog-pop album. Their sound is fresh and unique - so unique that it’s very hard to find any comparison from either pop or prog genres. But this doesn’t make the music unapproachable, on the contrary. The songs have complex structures with odd time signatures and all but somehow the band avoids sounding complex. And this is a very rare skill. Steely Dan is a good example of a band that has managed to do the same.
There are enough prog-references to please the hard-boiled prog-purists but I wouldn’t be surprised if this album gained popularity among the pop/rock listeners as well. The musicianship is at the highest level but one has to emphasize the high-pitched voice of the singer Joff Winks. It’s very different from the “typical” vocal sound of prog bands but fits perfectly in its place making the sound of the band very fresh and young.
Sanguine Hum is a part of a collective called Troopers for Sound. TfS consists mainly of three bands: Sanguine Hum, Antique Seeking Nuns and Joff Winks Band. All three consist practically of the same band members but there is also clear trajectory.
ASN and JWB coexisted in the 2000s but they were clearly separate projects, ASN being the “artistic” pursuit and JWB the pop-orientated project. Sanguine Hum has knitted the two together and it has payed off beautifully.
ASN made 3 mini-CD's and Joff Winks band one CD. You can buy them as well as Diving Bell from the collective's web site.
I strongly suggest to go there and buy all the aforementioned. Then you can do as I did:
1) Listen them separatelyor
2) Create two playlists:
- Sanguine Seeking Nuns
- Sanguine Nuns & Winks
Choose random play and enjoy.