- Audio CD (10 Jun. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Infectious
- ASIN: B00CIYVOWY
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Field of Reeds
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These New Puritans continue to evolve, three years on from their critically acclaimed second album Hidden and five years on from their inspired post-punk debut Beat Pyramid. Field of Reeds is a dark, honest and experimental orchestral work that reflects the band’s love of Bach, Britten and Stephen Sondheim. It marks a sonic deviation for the band and represents another uncompromising shift from a band without peer. Arranged with conductor André de Ridder, Field of Reeds also features basso profundo Adrian Peacock, renowned British jazz trumpeter Henry Lowther, Dutch contemporary composer Michel van der Aa, Swedish soundtrack arranger Hans Ek and Portuguese jazz singer Elisa Rodrigues.
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Opener 'This Guy's In Love With You' sets the tone perfectly,balancing out a delicate piano tune with haunting half-masked vocals and a majestic climax. 'Fragment 2' is the most accessible song here flowing on a catchy piano rhythm, upbeat drumming and vocals about ''something there''. 'The Light In Your Name' might be my favourite song here based on its amazing atmosphere. Barnett's low growl and the downtempo pianos mix brilliantly, building into something darkly evocative. The 9-minute 'V (Island Song)' flies by thanks to its excellent melody and driving percussion, again having an atmospheric climax. The evil sounding 'Spiral' comes next, the incredibly low bassoon-esque instrumentation, clashing violins and swirling vocals create some beautifully demonic melodies.
'Organ Eternal' is the closest thing to the ''old'' Puritans sound. Based around an upbeat synth tune, with a great mix of low and chiming sounds cut up with some truly wonderful instrumental sections. 'Nothing Else' flows along calmly with the occasional threat of eruption, yet remains subdued and is quite lovely to listen to because of that.Read more ›
Dedicate an hour to yourself, prepare your favourite tipple/accompaniment, dim the lights and lose yourself in this mighty piece of work.
I don't look for weaknesses in albums. Who am I to judge!? But for those who do, you won't find any here.
Bettered only this year by Fire! Orchestra's Exit! album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Without doubt, one of the dryest albums I have ever heard. Where is the emotion? I get the impression that "joie de vivre" is not a concept that exists within the Puritans`... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Cox
Jack Barnett has a strong vision and this record bears witness to that. More cohesive, quieter and darkly beautiful than ever before, TNPs make a timeless and unforgettable album.Published on 24 Aug. 2013 by joseph
I will go to see them as a result of listening to this CD. New and very interesting - reminded me a bit of F Zappa in partsPublished on 29 July 2013 by frances McDonnell
The new album from These New Puritans is dark, and very atmospheric at points, but it is some album. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Sprootie