Mika doppelganger Dan Black, the Parisian-based Brit that selfidentifies as a cut-n-paste producer,
opens ‘Un’ by unapologetically mugging a Rhianna instrumental and playing magpie with Timberland-esque bass samples throughout to ground his lo-fi,
ambient ‘space rock’. Things don’t get any better.
Lyrically, ‘Un’ is cliché ridden to a quite frightening extent: it strives too
hard to better the sum of its parts and decent tracks – the fidget funk
of ‘Alone’ – are undermined by Dan Black
overproduced vocals that wind-up more Beddingfield than Yorke, patched over snatches of strings.
This debut shouldn’t need to sneer at the art it samples, and in frantically struggling to do so comes across about as convincingly introspective as an episode of The O.C.
These New Puritans’ music is constantly, rapidly evolving and, as well as becoming tighter and more sophisticated, demonstrating a great deal of restlessness,
ambition and a virtually unquenchable flow of ideas. Early ventures such as the track on George’s phone gave way to 2006 EP,
‘Now Pluvial’, a whirlwind affair recorded in one session straight to Jack’s laptop.
It was a vicious, paranoid gauntlet, thrown down by TNP, not so much to other groups as to themselves.
This was followed in 2007 by the Dior Homme-commissioned track ‘Navigate, Navigate’,
clocking in just under the thirteen-minute mark, which retained the precisely haphazard energy of previous work but had begun to explore the
relationship between beats,
melodies and vocals – and the empty space between those elements, which resulted in moments of sonic clutter and strangely intriguing pockets of stark, itchy percussion.
By the time debut album ‘Beat Pyramid’ stormed into the world in 2008, These New Puritans had already earned a reputation for themselves,
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