If it was anyone else, I'd probably call this mixtape 'pretentiously ponderous' or some such bollocks. But coming from my beloved These New Puritans, it makes utter sense. It's eerily like looking into a photo album of their genius' musical childhood as it were. I say eerily, due to the extreme precocious-ness of their influences. The mix is ridonkulous. It's impeccably chosen tracklist that is beautiful, moving, broody, seriously well-informed, brings the bang and moves gracefully on just the right side of (dare I say it) arty . Just like These New Puritans themselves. Can I rave any more? Only if I now put the Hidden album on (it's on).
Here's the tracklist:
Benjamin Britten – Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso (fragment) from Death In Venice
Capleton – Heavens
William Byrd – Blame I Confess
Mothlite – River
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Joy (fragment)
Benjamin Britten – I Know A Bank (fragment) from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Dimitri Shostakovich – I. De Profundis, Adagio: 1. Prelude: Presentation of Main Theme from Symphony No.14
Julee Cruise – Mysteries of Love
Salem – Water
Deerhoof – South Rakkas Remix
DMX Krew – The Glass Room
Peter Hammill – Don’t Tell Me
These New Puritans – 5 Piano and other recordings
For a deeper understanding of TNP, go grab their Fact Mixtape HERE, QUICK, because it's only up for three weeks!