Hidden

Hidden

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by These New Puritans
     
 

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In 2008, the first album from These New Puritans appeared, presenting a band of young Brits who had clearly soaked up the lessons of brainy post-punk outfits like the Fall, Wire, et al., not only in terms of the Burroughs-esque, cut-and-paste approach to composition and the terse, angular riffs and rhythms, butSee more details below

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In 2008, the first album from These New Puritans appeared, presenting a band of young Brits who had clearly soaked up the lessons of brainy post-punk outfits like the Fall, Wire, et al., not only in terms of the Burroughs-esque, cut-and-paste approach to composition and the terse, angular riffs and rhythms, but in the tendency to approach an album like an art-school project, with an armful of theories behind each decision. Fortunately for all concerned, These New Puritans -- like all powerful musicians -- operate on a level that connects emotionally and viscerally before the cerebral side is even engaged, so the whole thing plays out in a non-pretentious way. That's how it is on their second album, Hidden, as well, but the band hasn't been standing still in between releases by any stretch of the imagination. Where the first album was full of blaring guitars and powerful drums -- however minimally arrayed and artfully deployed -- Hidden is a different beast entirely; in fact, it's tempting to say that it's barely even a "rock" album, except for the fact that no other descriptor seems to fit any better. In place of those Fall/Wire riffs of old, Hidden offers a greater emphasis on electronics; in fact, there seem to be scarcely any guitars at all. And where its predecessor hit you over the head and knocked you down with its ideas, Hidden -- true to its title -- prefers to sneak up on the listener. Some of the most striking features of the album are the brass and wind orchestrations. Three atmospheric, orchestral instrumentals subdivide Hidden -- one at the top, one at the middle, and one (also including Steve Reich-like percussion, wordless choral vocals, and a brief dash of spoken word) at the end. The wind players pop up at a couple of points in the "band" tunes, too, and it's a fair guess to say that co-producer/former Bark Psychosis frontman Graham Sutton has something to do with it all. Sutton's presence is also significant in that his old band's sui generis art rock is as close as you'll come to a precedent for what's happening here, aside from perhaps late-period Talk Talk. Besides the brass and winds, the synths and programmed beats that mix hip-hop, dubstep, and drum'n'bass styles are the dominant sonic presence. "Fire-Power," meanwhile, finds singer Jack Barnett spitting out a restless tumble of words over a beat that wouldn't sound out of place on an M.I.A. record, while "Hologram" takes things in yet another direction, using jazz piano in combination with winds and more of those Reich-like lines. Ultimately, Hidden is the sound of an ambitious young band as eager to use every tool at its disposal as it is to avoid studiously doing what's been done before.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
Label:
Domino
UPC:
0801390025525
catalogNumber:
255
Rank:
108393

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

These New Puritans   Primary Artist
Ronald Corp   Conductor
Silke Steidinger   Vocals
Sophie Sleigh Johnson   Group Member
Mark Rudland   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Thomas Hein   Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Roto Toms,Tamborim,Group Member
Kamil Dolezal   Bass Clarinet
Katy Pryce   French Horn
Robert Heger   Alto Flute
Lubomir Maryska   Tuba
Jiri Novotny   Baritone Horn
Tomas Hustoles   Clarinet
Ales Hustoles   Clarinet
Robert Brauner   Conductor
Zdenek Vasina   French Horn
George Barnett   Drums,taiko,Tamborim,Toms,Group Member
Hynek Dolezal   Flugelhorn
Tomás Frantis   Bassoon
Pavel Jirásek   French Horn
Daniel Trodden   Tuba
Jacki Hayter   Contrabassoon
Vit Korinek   Trombone
Petr Cihák   Bass Trombone
Pavel Rytina   Contrabassoon
Heather Marlatt   Vocals
Hugh Wilkinson   Glockenspiel,Vibes
Faith Leadbetter   Piano,Prepared Piano
Katie Emma Black   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Graham Sutton   Producer
Stuart Hawkes   Mastering
Phill Brown   Engineer
Ross Orton   Guitar Producer
Alex Gibson   Direction
Thomas Hein   Composer
Ryan Lott   Arranger
Richard Garnett   Composer,Lyricist
George Barnett   Art Direction
Edward Quarmby   Design Engineer

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