The last we heard from Essex brother duo These New Puritans was earlier this decade with acclaimed album Field of Reeds – an album of sombre, stark indie rock as powerful as Radiohead’s Kid A.
Now, the band, whose core members are brothers Jack and George Bennett, are back with the song ‘Into The Fire’. It’s their first material in five years and it’s not dampened our admiration of their musical ability one bit.
A truly innovative group, the atmospheric track, marries melancholic vocals, choppy drums, doom-y piano, a sinister choir and some distorted bass. Strange samples, somewhat akin to martial arts sounds, and other layers of multi-effects add to conjure an air of chaos and distress. Despite all this sonic experimentation, there is a song at the heart of it that feels somewhat familiar and melodic.
Lyrically, it’s quite existential with numerous panicked references about falling into the sun, it seems.