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These New Puritans - Hidden (2010) Retail CD
These New Puritans first arrived with some very low-fi strange stop/start almost shouty indie around 3 or 4 years ago. There was something interesting about them then and their first album was interesting but never likely to change the world. It was the kind of album which could lead them to something of a musical cul-de-sac. So I didn't expect much from sophomore effort "Hidden". There is still a similar approach to the vocals here and some of the writing mirrors the first album, the familiar should check out "Attack Music" and "Fire-Power" to see this, but that's really where the similaritiesmore… end.
The band admit they were inspired by Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" and the music of Steve Reich and the result isn't so much a transformation, it's an absolute revolution. Sonically ambitious this blends almost everything from drumming remenicesnt of Japanese Kodo, ornate brass and string arrangements, a children's choir, hints at classical minimalism, occasionl nods to something close to industrial bands such as Test Department it fuses indie, electronics, and a whole lot more. Challenging and brilliant lead single "We Want War" sums it up beautifully darkly crahsing unrelentingly through its seven minutes. It will undoubtedly alienate a number of fans of the first album yet those who like the ambitions of Owen Pallett's Heartland will probably understand this album immediately. There is also a sense of dread and numerous allusions to war throughout the album add to the dark sense of foreboding here.
Like it or not These New Puritans have produced a compelling and distinctive second album with many highlights. From the dripping precussive "5" which sounds straight out of the Steve Reich school of classicism to "Orion" which sounds like an industrial/operatic mash up. The album constantly surprises. If your ears are open enough to take in its ambitions then this might well end up on your best of year lists. It's the first serious contender for the Mercury Prize, a thoughtful, challenging work of considerable substance. Worth 5 stars for ambition alone, this is bold work from a band who have demonstrated that they could be artists of real significance. It's not going to be universally loved but those who do may consider it something of a masterpiece.
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- These New Puritans - Hidden (2010) Retail CD
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