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SANGUINE HUM Diving Bell Esoteric Antenna (2012)

Sanguine Hum

Sanguine Hum: cute name, rightly suggestive of prog, and a vast improvement on previous moniker, The Joff Winks Band.

The Oxford, UK-quartet's first effort did the rounds in a low key way last year but Cherry Red's new frontline enterprise dedicated to all things musically progressive upped the anti with this repackage of 'Diving Bell' with tip-top bonuses.

It's actually one of the label's best to date: bracingly self-assured, audacious even in parts, its meaty compositions converging complex arrangements and strong melody lines with lighter passages.

Something new, yet springing from the baked earth of the genre: were The Delays to have touched down with Gentle Giant and then someone invited Radiohead round. Opener 'No More Than We Deserve' and 'The Trial' set the Hum's stall out nicely while 'Tonic For The Snoring' is one of three bracing extras of a quality not often evidenced in bonus material. Hope they re-surface soon.


Review by Peter Muir

Peter presents 'Progressive Fusion' on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 19:00 GMT


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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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