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Field of Wonders
on 28 May 2014
These New Puritans are easily one of the most exciting bands around at the moment. The bands evolution has been impressive, their debut was a nice blend of electronica and post-punk, while the superb follow-up 'Hidden' sounded like Medieval dance music. 'Field Of Reeds' dives right into the classical aspects that had only been touched upon before and its this new change in style that makes everything work. The instrumental arrangements are fantastic throughout, the lyrics are nicely mysterious evoking images of misty countryside and Jack Barnett's subdued delivery fits in strangely well.
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. The isolated vocals of 'Dream' give it a haunting edge as the twisting dark melodies sooth and disturb. The final title-track contains some impressively low bellowing vocals broken-up by some soft Barnett vocals and some beautiful instrumentation.
'Field Of Reeds' is another excellent album by These New Puritans, changing style yet again has worked perfectly. The influences of Steve Reich and Laughing Stock era Talk Talk are never far behind, but its impressive how unique the album sounds.It takes a few listens to fully open up, but it is extremely rewarding on repeated listens and flows so well as a whole as albums should. I can't wait to see what the Puritans have in store next.