“He’s not the new Mes­siah, he’s a very con­fused sci­en­tist…”

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Three’s a charm, and never more so than in San­guine Hum’s lat­est, beau­ti­fully lan­guid sci-fi con­cept al­bum, Now We Have Power. Fol­low­ing on from 2013’s ac­claimed The Weight Of The World and 2015’s Now We Have Light, to say they’d made good on the prom­ise of The Weight Of The World would be to un­der­state it some­what. Record­ing and writ­ing Now We Have Power sounds like it was an al­to­gether knot­tier po­si­tion to get right (they also work at roughly the same pace as Def Lep­pard in their pomp), but the end re­sults – 14 songs of dense, florid splashes of rich melody and songs that wrap around you like smoke – are worth the wait. Whether it’s the qui­etly sparkling De­vachan Don, which rises and falls on a slowly cir­cling piano riff be­fore ex­plod­ing into life; brief piano sketches (Re­treat); the jazzy, Zap­pa­like ring of Pen? Pa­per!

Pen! Pa­per!; or the un­du­lat­ing, chim­ing Sky­dive, there’s not a mo­ment wasted in the con­tin­u­ing ad­ven­tures of …Light’s ge­nius in­ven­tor. The idea of the al­bum as a sin­gle piece is now as an­ti­quated as top hats (I’m re­fer­ring to peo­ple who didn’t at­tend Eton), but make time for this, dim the lights, put a chair against the door and drift hap­pily away.

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