Judging by “Fragment Two” These New Puritans are far from the frantic post-punk excursions of their five years old debut and 2010’s almost equally destructive but more elegant follow-up Hidden. “Fragment Two” marks a decisively shift in scenery into a still purification, precisely considered by brooding piano chords, violins and horns over irregular drum patterns. It’s a strange yet beautiful composition, showcasing a much more pedant approach to songwriting, obstinately defying any presumptuous expectations.
Their newly released Fields of Reeds is a journey into piano and strings-driven tensions of unsettling ambiance. It’s not an easy listen and I need a couple of more spins before deciding on its fate, but “Fragment Two” has certainly caught my attention of a band I hitherto didn’t give much thought.
- WATCH: These New Puritans – Fragment Two (thequietus.com)
- Stream These New Puritans Field Of Reeds (stereogum.com)
- These New Puritans: Field of Reeds – review (guardian.co.uk)
- These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds (thequietus.com)
- These New Puritans: Field of Reeds – album stream (guardian.co.uk)
- These New Puritans’ Field Of Reeds, Track-By-Track Preview (thequietus.com)
- These New Puritans: ‘I didn’t know how to record a hawk, and now I do’ (guardian.co.uk)