Set for release on February 2nd, 2010, Hidden marks the next step for These New Puritans, a band known for challenging, perplexing and mesmerizing in equal measure. While their debut, Beat Pyramid, infiltrated the minds and hearts of people in its complexity and angular machinations, Hidden takes the band to a whole new, inventive level and leads them further on their precise mission.
Produced by These New PuritansÂ’ Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Matthew Dear) the album draws equally on the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall and 20th century post-minimalism with instrumentation redolent of both the oceanic brass of Benjamin BrittenÂ’s Peter Grimes and the plastic textures of modern U.S. pop. Hidden features six-foot Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano, a childrenÂ’s choir, Foley recording techniques (including a melon with cream crackers attached struck by a hammer), and the ethereal voice of Heather Marlatt from dream-pop group Salem.
These New Puritans is not a band who showed all the depths of their craftsmanship on their debut album. Hidden, a work extraordinary in its ambition, clarity of purpose, and range Â– at times brutal, melancholy, expansive, cinematic or orchestral, is evidence that These New Puritans have only just begun to show the ideas they are capable of creating.
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