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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.
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 11 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