17 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Britain’s These New Puritans work in a groove, filling it with buzzing, clanging guitar, vibrating bass, and shouted vocals, relying on repetition and momentum to build to a suitable climax. Unlike The Fall, where Mark E. Smith is known for unpredictability and thorny curveballs, TNP’s songs stay the course, arriving at their final destination with few real surprises. That works too, as tracks like “Elvis” and “Colours” simply steamroll the listener into submission with relentless bass and drums that churn and chug, singer Jack Barnett barking vocals like a drill sergeant. The band also employs tape loops and samplers, adding an electro-garage foundation to many tracks:  “Numerology” is cleaner, bristling with nervous energy and occasional gurgles of digital tickles, and “£4” is a celebration of looped noise and rhythm. “Navigate/Colours” borrows from their skittish “Navigate Navigate” 12”, and flows and swoops gracefully before succumbing to a powerful loop in the last minute, while “Doppelganger” is a soothing, ambient ride.  “En Papier” is a nod, one must assume, to Colin Newman and the fantastic work of Wire, a band you should immediately seek out if you don’t know them already.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Britain’s These New Puritans work in a groove, filling it with buzzing, clanging guitar, vibrating bass, and shouted vocals, relying on repetition and momentum to build to a suitable climax. Unlike The Fall, where Mark E. Smith is known for unpredictability and thorny curveballs, TNP’s songs stay the course, arriving at their final destination with few real surprises. That works too, as tracks like “Elvis” and “Colours” simply steamroll the listener into submission with relentless bass and drums that churn and chug, singer Jack Barnett barking vocals like a drill sergeant. The band also employs tape loops and samplers, adding an electro-garage foundation to many tracks:  “Numerology” is cleaner, bristling with nervous energy and occasional gurgles of digital tickles, and “£4” is a celebration of looped noise and rhythm. “Navigate/Colours” borrows from their skittish “Navigate Navigate” 12”, and flows and swoops gracefully before succumbing to a powerful loop in the last minute, while “Doppelganger” is a soothing, ambient ride.  “En Papier” is a nod, one must assume, to Colin Newman and the fantastic work of Wire, a band you should immediately seek out if you don’t know them already.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

cathy93 ,

Weird but...

kind of cool at the same time. Definitely something I had to listen to a few times before liking it.

yt orlando ,

BRILLIANT! EXCITING SOUND & AMAZING BAND

One of the coolest bands around-listen to Numbers, Colours, Elvis, the whole album is strong-just saw them at SXSW and they can really rock a room-their video for Elvis is great-love everything about this band.

Mr. Bigumms ,

What's Your Favorite Number?

All the songs are great on this album. Some standouts are: Numerology, Swords of Truth, Colours and Elvis. If you like electronic music mixed with alternative then you'll like this. What I like most about this band is the beats that they use. The drums are really cool in the music. It's a lot better than a lot of stuff out there. Overall, I recommend this to any alternative fan who's up for something new.

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