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Field of Reeds
Artist
These New Puritans
ReleaseProduct
Field of Reeds
Label
Infectious
Catalogue Number
INFECT156D1
Release Date
June 2013
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This album features in the top ten albums of 2013

These New Puritans’ third album Field Of Reeds is impressive in its refusal to simply repeat the tricks of 2010’s critically-lauded Hidden, charming through understated beauty rather than searing dread. The orchestral musicians which had previously bolstered a sound that essentially remained a rock band here come to the fore, resonating out from plaintive piano playing.

‘Spiral’ constructs huge swathes of orchestral strings and muted horns around mumbling ethereal vocals in a manner recalling Bjork’s most esoteric work, while those vocals echo within the resonance of a homespun piano sound on ‘This Guy’s in Love With You’, giving a more personal effect than most large-scale orchestral music. Elsewhere, gorgeous organ sounds give the album much needed depth and weight, ‘Organ Eternal’ adopting a bubbling minimalist stream of notes with twinkles of marimba and ‘The Light in Your Name’ focusing the same elements into a ballad which ebbs and flows at a strange and constantly compelling pace. Album closer ‘Field of Reeds’ delivers a welcome arrival point in an ambiguous and shape-shifting set of songs, as a velvety male choir flesh out the promise of breathy vocals from previous tracks, and carefully employed vibraphones make the song sparkle as well as feel mournful and luscious.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 This Guy's In Love With You These New Puritans 3:02 Buy
  2. 2 Fragment Two These New Puritans 4:30 Buy
  3. 3 The Light In Your Name These New Puritans 6:03 Buy
  4. 4 V (Island Song) These New Puritans 9:14 Buy
  5. 5 Spiral These New Puritans 6:02 Buy
  6. 6 Organ Eternal These New Puritans 5:32 Buy
  7. 7 Nothing Else These New Puritans 7:46 Buy
  8. 8 Dream These New Puritans 4:10 Buy
  9. 9 Field of Reeds These New Puritans 6:26 Buy

These New Puritans

Infectious

Alternative and Indie

Ambient and Modern Classical

Albums of the Year 2013

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