These New Puritans - Hidden [MMXX] 10th Anniversary 2LP Vinyl Record Album
As the These New Puritans canon has grown through the years, Hidden has always stood as the great indicator of the group's detail, precision and ambition. Originally released in 2010, when both Jack and George Barnett were just 22 years old, Hidden was the second album the twins released as These New Puritans.
The album itself was produced by TNP's Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis, Boymerang) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, MF DOOM), it draws on both the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall and 20th century post-minimalism, the recording features 6ft Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano & a children's choir. The result is equal parts brutal and melancholy, standing the test of time, sounding as pioneering and bold a decade on.
Hidden is a record that crushes together menace and beauty: after the prelude of woodwind that is “Time Xone”, “We Want War” remains one of the most startling tracks to be released as a single in this millennium - a sound like swarms of invading, metallic wasps, robotic voices intoning, the martial rattle of layers of drums, Jack Barnett’s vocals an incantation. The militant funk of “Three Thousand”, strange skittish jazz in “Hologram”, and “Drum Courts -Where Corals Lie” feels like an ancient, elegiac folk song carried forth on a storm. A record of intense variety, soul
and depth, Hidden is remarkable by anyone’s standards, let alone one made by a group of people barely out of their teens.
Limited Edition 10th Anniversary 2LP Edition + Bonus Tracks.
We Want War
Hologram - Pianos
We Want War Brass & Woodwind
Hologram Chamber Mix
Drum Courts Hidden Live Paris
Irreversible-En Papier Hidden Live Berlin
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