Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Declan McKenna, Fontaines DC, Another Sky, KennyHoopla and more.
Order a copy
August 2020
Album review

These New Puritans - Inside The Rose

Direct and uncompromising, but full of possibility.
Label: Infectious Records
Released: 22nd March 2019
Rating: ★★★★
These New Puritans - Inside The Rose
Published: 9:48 am, March 18, 2019Words: Martyn Young.

All of These New Puritans’ album’s have been an immersive experience. 2008’s debut ‘Beat Pyramid’ was thrillingly propulsive while 2010’s ‘Hidden’ was filled with skyscraping ambition. Their last album, 2013’s ‘Field Of Reeds’, was their most subtle recording filled with ornate, almost classical beauty. Now, five years on, the Barnett brothers have returned with something darker, deeper and more intense than they’ve ever delivered before.

‘Inside The Rose’ is a reminder of These New Puritans position as one of our most inventive and compelling bands. Capable of mixing brutality with tender beauty, the brothers explore both ends of their musical spectrum, sometimes within the one song.

Insistent, rumbling industrial pop bangers like the hypnotic chimes of opener ‘Infinity Vibraphones’ and the drum-led ‘Anti-Gravity’ act as an abrasive counterpoint to the foreboding drama of slow-burning ballads like ‘Where The Trees Are On Fire’ and the dreamy ‘Beyond Black Suns’. Focusing more on Jack Barnett’s voice and its place within the melodies, it is the sound of These New Puritans returning to a ‘band’ format yet in their own distinct way.

The album is characterised by brooding darkness illuminated by just the right chink of light represented best by the slowly unfurling vistas of ‘A-R-P’ and the comforting church organs of closer ‘Six’. It’s an album that is direct and uncompromising, but full of possibility.

Give all this a try

Track by Track: Matt Maltese - Madhouse EP
Feature

Track by Track: Matt Maltese - Madhouse EP

Our little Malteser's new EP is an interesting one.
Haim: "Loss, anger and depression - we were ready to speak about it"
Feature

Haim: "Loss, anger and depression - we were ready to speak about it"

After a year of new tracks, some release date shuffling and a world full of uncertainty buzzing around them, HAIM are back with their third album. This time, they’re putting it all out there.
Sports Team: "I want to fall hard; I don't want to fade away"
Feature

Sports Team: "I want to fall hard; I don't want to fade away"

After going into battle with Lady Gaga, Sports Team aren't planning on standing still. Album two, anyone?
Getting to know... Alec Wigdahl
Feature

Getting to know... Alec Wigdahl

His new 'Summer Is Over' is the best way to start off this definitely-too-hot weekend.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing