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Can you say Thames Estuary ten times fast?  No?  Well, no worries, since the UK’s These New Puritans shall be leaving that lovely riverside home-base and bringing their newest minimalist, percussive tunes to us quite soon.  We predict it, since the band is set to release their latest album, Hidden, drawing inspiration from everything from dancehall to post-20th-century minimalism (ah, we love a band who thinks!), on February 2, 2010, on Domino Records.

Hidden promises to be the next step for These New Puritans, those perplexing Brits who dole out songs that both captivate and challenge the best of us, (and who even acted as musical inspiration for one of Hedi Slimane’s past runway shows). Their debut, Beat Pyramid, mesmerized fans with its complexity and angular intrigue, yet Hidden does that and more, taking the band to new, more precise and multi-faceted heights.

Produced by These New Puritans’ Jack Barnett and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis) and mixed by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Matthew Dear) the album features six-foot Japanese Taiko drums, a thirteen piece brass and woodwind ensemble, sub-heavy beats, prepared piano, a children’s choir, Foley recording techniques (including a melon with cream crackers attached, struck by a hammer), and the ethereal voice of Heather Marlatt from dream-pop act Salem.  How can anyone top that?–MVW