Hu Sanguine Hum began as a musical collaboration between school friends Joff Winks and Matt Baber, who set about writing and recording a unique blend of musical compositions inspired by artists such as the Flaming Lips, Tortoise, Aphex Twin and Frank Zappa.
The new album from Sanguine Hum A Trace Of Memory will be released by Bad Elephant Music on 20th November 2020. Following 2018’s widely acclaimed Now We Have Power, the new record sees the Hum on triumphant form, with seven new songs including a thirteen-minute prog epic, The Yellow Ship.
«The music on this album was written in a very short period of time during the summer of 2018», says keyboardist Matt Baber. «The plan was to then record the music quickly with the same spontaneous spirit, but over the course of the next 12 months the realities of trying to make the record happen whilst balancing ‘real life’ commitments meant that sadly we decided to drop the project. Fast forward to March 2020 and suddenly ‘real life’ added a slight twist to proceedings that we didn’t see coming! ».
«What a lovely surprise in such a strange year!», says Bad Elephant Music’s label manager, David Elliott. «Of course, once I heard A Trace Of Memory was only too happy for BEM to release it. It’s a fantastic record, and a great way to say a not-so-fond farewell to 2020».
A Trace Of Memory will be released on CD, vinyl and digital download on 6th November.
The Yellow Ship
Still As The Sea
Joff Winks – Guitar, vocals, piano (3), string arrangements (2)
Matt Baber – Keyboards, synths, drums (4), field recordings
Brad Waissman – Bass, Stick, upright electric bass
Paul Mallyon – drums (2, 5, 6, 7)
Andrew Booker – electronic percussion (1), drums (3)
All songs written by Sanguine Hum.
Recorded and mixed at various homes March to July 2020.
Additional music from demos recorded in 2018-19.
Mixed July/August 2020 by Joff Winks and Matt Baber.
Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio, Oxford, August 28th 2020.
Cover image – Brad Waissman
Design – Meriel Waissman
Logo – Carl Glover.