12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

"The title of These New Puritans’ debut album, Beat Pyramid, really should have been saved for their second — Hidden, a towering testament to the power of diamond-edged drums, sinister synths, and 13-piece orchestras. You heard that last part right: 13-piece orchestras. Rather than rely on the proven Fall/Gang of Four formula of their last album, frontman Jack Barnett studied music notation and helped his merry band of miscreants dive right into a post-everything opus that has as much to do with neo-classical music as it does with skeletal strains of dubstep, electro and apocalyptic rock. All of which seem to make perfect sense, from the unsheathed swords and slammed doors of “Attack Music” to the regal horns and heaven-sent choruses of “We Want War.” The percussion is absolutely punishing throughout, too. In fact, you might run for cover well before the last track (""5"") brings the curtain down on us all. "

EDITORS’ NOTES

"The title of These New Puritans’ debut album, Beat Pyramid, really should have been saved for their second — Hidden, a towering testament to the power of diamond-edged drums, sinister synths, and 13-piece orchestras. You heard that last part right: 13-piece orchestras. Rather than rely on the proven Fall/Gang of Four formula of their last album, frontman Jack Barnett studied music notation and helped his merry band of miscreants dive right into a post-everything opus that has as much to do with neo-classical music as it does with skeletal strains of dubstep, electro and apocalyptic rock. All of which seem to make perfect sense, from the unsheathed swords and slammed doors of “Attack Music” to the regal horns and heaven-sent choruses of “We Want War.” The percussion is absolutely punishing throughout, too. In fact, you might run for cover well before the last track (""5"") brings the curtain down on us all. "

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2:06
7:23
2:49
2:22
4:48
3:20
4:30
1:12
6:14
3:42
4:32
5:13

About These New Puritans

Hailing from the town of Southend, England, the four-piece These New Puritans play Fall- and PiL-inspired music that also takes on elements of electronica and dance. Comprised of vocalist Jack Barnett (who also plays the guitar and laptop), his twin brother and drummer George, keyboardist Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, and bassist (and man behind the sampler) Thomas Hein, the band formed in 2006, when all the members were still in their teens. Their edgy aesthetic and particular live show (Jack, for example, usually performed wearing a shirt fully buttoned to his neck) soon brought the group attention from the British press, enough that soon-to-be-former Christian Dior designer Hedi Slimane asked Barnett to compose something for his fall 2007 collection for Dior Homme, a piece, "Navigate, Navigate," that was then debuted in Paris in February at the fashion show. In October of that same year, These New Puritans issued an EP, Now Pluvial, on Angular Records. Their first U.S. release. "Navigate, Navigate," came out in America in February 2008, a 12" that acted as a primer for their debut full-length, Beat Pyramid, which emerged the following month. The follow-up album Hidden, which was co-produced by Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis, was released in early 2010. Undergoing some transformations, including the departure of Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, the band returned with the very untraditional but well received Field of Reeds in 2013. ~ Marisa Brown

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