Check Jack Barnett from These New Puritans on Guardian Music Weekly as he talks about their forthcoming Hidden Live tour and explains why orchestras are more rock'n'roll than most indie bands.
These New Puritans are a band in the great tradition of British art rock, making the kind of ambitious, distinctive music that puts many of their contemporaries to shame. This concert is a special performance of their recent, breathtaking album Hidden (2010) which sees the band working with the Britten Sinfonia to realize the record’s cinematic textures and ambitious arrangements. Conductor: André De Ridder.
These New Puritans consists of Jack Barnett (songwriter, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist), his twin brother George Barnett (drums, loops), Thomas Hein (bass guitar, sampler, drums), and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (keyboards, sampler). Jack Barnett has said that their influences range from Wu Tang Clan to Aphex Twin; he also has a deep interest in love for the Early music of William Byrd and John Taverner.
For this concert they will be joined by a 20-strong ensemble from the Britten Sinfonia, who have carved out their own prestigious reputation as an artistically open-minded and technically exemplary ensemble, hungry for new works and collaborations. The orchestra will be conducted by Andre De Ridder.
Experiment with the different elements of We Want War. Click on the stage below to visit the Hidden Live interactive website.
'Genuinely surprising, beautifully wrought, and it announces TNP as one of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today.’ NME on Hidden
‘…booming Taiko drums, brass, woodwind, synths and a creepy kids’ choir… (this is) an adventurous, challenging and futuristic recording.’ Mojo **** on Hidden
Opening the concert are Darkstar, the production duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley and vocalist James Buttery; they’ve carefully released records on their own 2010 Records imprint and on Kode 9's Hyperdub Label. Darkstar stand out from their peers thanks to their unique android machine-soul sound and their focus on songwriting that still works on dancefloors.
'James Young, Aiden Whalley, and vocalist James Buttery aka Hyperdub's Darkstar have re-invented themselves to create one of the dance albums of the year...' Pitchfork - read the full feature online
'…their dark, drained sound could be a contender for next year's Mercury prize.’ The Guardian. Check out the Darkstar band of the day profile on the Guardian online.
'The band’s FACT mix is as unashamedly high-minded as their own work, centered as it is around the work of idiosyncratic composers Britten, Stockhausen and Shostakovich. There’s room also for eerie Twin Peaks chanteuse Julee Cruise, squashed dream(nightmare?)-pop from Salem and analogue electro from DMX Krew. Stately and ethereal throughout, we think you’ll agree that it’s one of the most unusual and edifying FACT mixes of 2010 so far.' Read the whole article on the FACT website.