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on 17 June 2008
This is surely one of the most intruiging prospects that this year has offered us yet. Although ostensibly an indie album (and this is part of it's charm - it manages to be weird without being experimental and remains accessible), Beat Pyramid shifts paradoxically between esoteric electronica, indie dance-fodder, muffled field recordings, concept album stylings, angular hip-hop and eccentric post-punk.
Although at times it baffles, especially compared to the formulaic dance-indie that they're supposed to be making, it's all held together by recurring themes (cyclicality, numbers etc.), tape loops lapping as the record circles in on itself with `..ce I Will Say This Twice' and `I Will Say This Twi...', acting as a kind of narrative arc. For a bunch of teenagers (at the time of release), it's impressively eccentric and I must refute the cruel suggestion in an earlier review that this is too endebted to post-punk. That's just one of the many ideas thrown into the bulging pot.
Stand-out moments: Doppelganger, Swords Of Truth (Gang Gang Dance's looping beats meet Essex grime-punk delivery), Numbers A.K.A Numerology, MKK3 (think The Klaxons with an oedipal complex), and dance-floor indie belter 'Elvis.'
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on 16 August 2010
. . . and I'm ashamed to say I never completed the album so bear that in mind when judging my comments. An avant guard collection of sounds and beats but devoid of music or songs. The highlight for me was my ipod getting stuck and playing the 16 second track '..ce I Will Say This Twice' on repeat which took me about five minutes of listening to realise. Try it - it works, although best with the lights out.
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on 7 September 2008
This is a great album, definitely one of my favourites if not my favourite of this year. Inventive, original, intelligent, daring.....cold frigid beauty, psychedelia, mathematics, intellectualism and pop culture filtered through a range of genres (post punk, hip hop, techno) and inventive sounds. Also, really great tunes. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. It's strange, slightly mocking, distance combined with soulful ambience will captivate you for many a future listen.
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on 7 February 2008
Beat Pyramid is an exciting collection of songs from the Southend four-piece These New Puritans. A group of young musicians, who are influenced by images, sounds and colours as much as music itself, have created a modern masterpiece. The album feels edgy and fresh with tracks such as 'Numerology aka Numbers' an illustration of the cryptic lyrics and ideas instilled in their music. Tracks such as 'Colours' are an exhibition of the powerful and innovative drumming style of George Barnett, whilst 'Navigate-Colours' demonstrates the band's ability to create epic, atmospheric songs. 'Elvis' is a powerful track, soon to be released as the band's first single on a major label: the droning bass-line and monotone vocals build to make a refreshingly new sound. The track 'MKK3' has echoes of Joy Division, though the album has few moments where These New Puritans begin to sound like anyone other than These New Puritans: this album is unique and must be heard.
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on 3 October 2009
Very interesting music these new puritans. More you listen to it more you appriciate their music.
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on 18 March 2010
Save your cash. Buy something else, anything else. Throw your cash down the grid, you will feel less ripped off. Lyrically cringe worthy, musically derivative. Awful, awful,awful.
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