These New Puritans have been high on the interest list of many blogs, critics and listeners alike. Their previous two albums have been strikingly different from one another in styles and direction, so it shouldn't be any big surprise that their third album, Field of Reeds, is in large contrast to it's predecessors.
What makes it so strikingly different from the first two albums is the amount of planning and organisation that went into this album.
Even before the band had amassed together in order to create this album, lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and key songwriter Jack Barnett had arranged every part of the album.
This obviously shows throughout the album as it's much more structured and almost orchestral throughout, yet a new ambient element has been introduced to These New Puritans style.
Not nearly as aggressive as 2010s Hidden, and yet it's not passive or wimpy by any regards.
It stands strong on its own feet.
Nine songs long (with tracks spanning around 6 minutes), it can feel as if there isn't much to grasp. But it's important to remember that these songs take time to listen to. A single, solitary listen cannot encompass what is needed in order to digest these sound.
Field of Reeds is not a light listen. It's to be taken and dwelled upon, allowing for the tracks to sink in and that in itself is rewarding enough for those who want to experience it.
- Kaity Shirley
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