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These New Puritans - Inside The Rose (Album Review)

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

Six years on from their last LP, experimental indie outfit These New Puritans have returned with ‘Inside The Rose’. Pushing deeper into their thick, sinister atmospheres, twin brothers Jack and George Barnett pair obscure reference points with romance on this often inspired, transcendental journey across sound and space.

The title track dances in time to a cultish, spoken word call to arms, while provocative noises layer tidal, ebbing beats. The sound is profound and engaging; the rhythms snap and move, like synapses communicating, or nerve endings reacting. Lost Angel, too, is beautiful: suitably angelic vocals juxtapose with the darkness of deep dystopian moods.

Throughout, 'Inside The Rose' feels dramatic and complex, with the duo allowing the music to render them vulnerable and exposed. No pretence exists here, and wildly creative musical landscapes replace any sort of rigid, alt-pop aesthetic.

Suspending the expectations of a formatted album allows these sounds to be enjoyed as they were intended, and the listener must play a part in that.

Narratives and choruses have largely been abandoned, and instead an introspective epiphany awaits when one surrenders to the freedom inherent in the work. Press play on the standout closing track Six and drift away, entirely weightless.

These New Puritans Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Wed April 10 2019 - MANCHESTER YES (Pink Room)
Thu April 11 2019 - GLASGOW SWG3
Fri April 12 2019 - LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall
Sat April 13 2019 - HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
Wed April 17 2019 - LONDON Dome
Thu April 18 2019 - BRIGHTON Patterns
Fri April 19 2019 - BRISTOL Thekla

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