My favorite These New Puritans track is still the looping 15-minute “Navigate, Navigate” that they wrote for Hedi Slimane’s Autumn 2007 fashion show, so I’m glad to see the extended oddness of “We Want War,” the 7-minute first single from the Brits’ second album Hidden. As far as the sophomore album goes, their UK label notes:

Hidden features six-foot Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano, a children’s choir, Foley recording techniques (including a melon with cream crackers attached struck by a hammer, used to simulate the sound of a human head being smashed), and the ethereal voice of Heather Marlatt from dream-pop group Salem.

The majestic splashes, slow-motion floating, and icy mirroring of the ballistics-influenced Daniel Askill-directed video go nicely with all of the above.

Hidden is out 1/18 in the UK via Angular/Domino and 3/2 in the US via Domino. You can get a snippet-to-snippet preview MP3 at in exchange for an email address.

Comments (11)
  1. john  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2009 0


  2. I’m so excited for Hidden. The first minute of the preview is amazing. Who else would use the sound of a sword being sharpened in their music?

    • mars  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2009 0

      Satyricon and numerous other black metal bands have used that sound to great effect. I do like this song as well

  3. lizzy_zig  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2009 0

    wow, that was really cool.

  4. PatrickZ  |   Posted on Dec 7th, 2009 0

    Totally Slimanes-que. Thought he did the video.

  5. no  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2009 0

    This is another reason why 2010 is going to be amazing.

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