Album: These New Puritans, Field of Reeds (Infectious)

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The Independent Culture

These New Puritans found their voice with their second album, Hidden, which mixed medieval battle music with avant-rock, stentorian hip hop and filmic Foley sounds.

On Field of Reeds, the Barnett brothers make barely a concession to commercialism. It includes among its credits a hawk handler and a glazier. Non-whimsically, it turns out. It's that rare thing: an album that will reward repeated listening by drip-feeding you its secrets.