New These New Puritans – “Orion”

The video for the 7-minute “We Went War” was an arresting way to introduce These New Puritans’ second album Hidden, a collection that includes an array of sounds, including the thud of “a melon with cream crackers attached struck by a hammer, used to simulate the sound of a human head being smashed.” These also mentioned the record would include “six-foot Japanese taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano, a children’s choir,” etc. You get the kids in “Orion” along with the warlike thud of the aforementioned taiko drums, some not previously mentioned chains, looped voices, and plenty of majestic tension. On paper it might sound like, basically, the kids discovered Matmos after Beat Pyramid and decided to go crazy in the studio, but they’ve figured out how to incorporate all these new elements into their post-punk, creating a compelling, challenging sound that goes beyond past Mark E. Smith-isms.

These New Puritans – “Orion” (MP3)

Hidden is out 3/2 via Domino.