1. From the Ground Up
2. System for Solution
3. In Code
5. Day of Release
7. The Weight of the World
The Weight of the World saw Sanguine Hum expand their musical horizons on all fronts with a seven-track collection of diverse compositions – technically challenging and exciting yet always melodic and direct. Songs such as ‘From the Ground Up’ and ‘System for Solution’ pursue the Porcupine Tree meets Radiohead approach of the debut record “Diving Bell” with powerful yet intricate riffs propelling the songwriting that continued to make ever more inventive use of surprising twists and turns in the arrangements. Surprises are to be found as well in the instrumentation as the band opened up the sound and more explicitly started to reference a love of electronica and the music of artists such as Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin, best heard in the song ‘Day of Release’ as synthetic percussion and rumbling synths give way to chiming acoustic guitar and a soaring vocal melody.
Perhaps even more exciting for a band that perhaps held some of their Prog influences in check on their debut album, is the 15-minute title track that manages the task of combining effective and emotional songwriting with thrilling musical developments that push the band to the limit.
The Weight of the World marked Andrew Booker's first studio appearance with Sanguine Hum, and was their second album to be released on Esoteric Antenna records. The album also featured in Stuart Maconie's Freakzone Best Albums of 2013 list on BBC Radio 6.
Released March 25, 2013
Joff Winks - Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Matt Baber - Rhodes, Hammond, synths & drum programming
Brad Waissmann - Bass Guitar & Acoustic Bass
Andrew Booker - Drums
Recorded by Nick Moorbath and Joff Winks at Evolution studios, Oxford, October 2012. Additional recording engineered by Joff Winks at Yellow Benteens, Oxfordshire, Nov 2012 – Jan 2013.
Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio, Oxford, Feb 5th 2013.
Cover design and photography by Carl Glover.
Produced, Written, Arranged, Produced and Mixed by Sanguine Hum.