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