Domino are delighted to be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of These New Puritans’ Hidden with Hidden [MMXX] – a re-issue of the original album in its full glory accompanied by new and unreleased material from the Hidden sessions alongside live recordings from the same era, plus a new live film.
As the These New Puritans canon has grown through the years, Hidden has always stood as the great indicator of the group’s detail, precision and ambition. Originally released in 2010, when both Jack and George Barnett were just 22 years old, Hidden was the second album the twins released as These New Puritans.
The album itself was produced by TNP’s Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis, Boymerang) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, MF DOOM), it draws on both the rhythmic lexicons of dancehall and 20th century post-minimalism, the recording features 6ft Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano & a children’s choir. The result is equal parts brutal and melancholy, standing the test of time, sounding as pioneering and bold a decade on.
Hidden is a record that crushes together menace and beauty: after the prelude of woodwind that is “Time Xone”, “We Want War” remains one of the most startling tracks to be released as a single in this millennium – a sound like swarms of invading, metallic wasps, robotic voices intoning, the martial rattle of layers of drums, Jack Barnett’s vocals an incantation. The militant funk of “Three Thousand”, strange skittish jazz in “Hologram”, and “Drum Courts – Where Corals Lie” feels like an ancient, elegiac folk song carried forth on a storm. A record of intense variety, soul and depth, Hidden is remarkable by anyone’s standards, let alone one made by a group of people barely out of their teens.
Through the extremes of recording, These New Puritans had a critical hit. It was rightly lauded for its singularity and adventure at the time and found the group a legion of loyal fans and was given NME’s prestigious Album of the Year 2010 accolade. Further to the record, it spawned the Hidden Live tour, featuring a large ensemble, conductor Andre De Ridder, and a kids choir.
4th December 2020 8pm the band performs XONE 1, a streamed live set with a cast of collaborators including original These New Puritans member Thomas Hein, pianist Maria Chiara Argirio and legendary composer Henry Dagg. Hosted via the band’s website, it will be available to re-watch for 72 hours after. The performance will be broadcast from Dagg’s workshop/studio in Kent. All proceeds from the stream will go to Survival International. These New Puritans have shared a glimpse of rehearsals on Instagram; their track ‘Where The Trees Are On Fire’ performed on one of Henry Dagg’s invented instruments, The Sharpsichord. Watch here.
Survival International fight for tribal peoples’ survival. They stop loggers, miners, and oil companies from destroying tribal lands, lives and livelihoods across the globe. They lobby governments to recognise indigenous land rights.
FULL XONE.1 LIVE STREAM DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE
Critical acclaim for Hidden
“The first masterpiece of 2010” – 5*, The Telegraph
“One of the most powerful artistic forces in Britain today” – Album of The Year 2010, NME
“An adventurous, challenging and futuristic recording” – 5*, MOJO
“Hidden is not just the most original record to emerge from Britain this year, but the most unfathomable: an immaculate enigma.” – 5*, The Guardian
“Astonishing…there are more ideas here than most bands manage in an entire career” – 4*, The Times
“Electrifying” – 4*, Q