These New Puritans will reissue their second LP, Hidden, on vinyl and digitally on December 4, via Domino. To the original album, the cult Essex band have added a batch of unreleased songs from the sessions, along with a pair of live recordings. Fans who preorder the reissue, titled Hidden (MMXX), will have access to XONE 1, a livestreamed set on release day. Below, check out a digital-only version of original lead single “We Want War,” composed entirely of drums.
Collaborators on the livestream will include original member Thomas Hein, who left before 2019’s Inside the Rose to become a neuroscientist, as well as pianist Maria Chiara Argirio and composer Henry Dagg.
Produced by Bark Psychosis’ Graham Sutton and released when the band’s Barnett brothers were 22, Hidden transformed These New Puritans from a post-punk curiosity into outré rock visionaries, introducing modern (and ancient) orchestral music into epic songs filled with bassoons, Japanese taiko drums, and children’s choirs. The record was named NME’s album of 2010.
01 Time Xone
02 We Want War
03 Three Thousand
05 Attack Music
09 Drum Courts–Where Corals Lie
10 White Chords
12 Hologram Pianos
13 We Want War Brass & Woodwind
14 5 Mallets
15 Hologram Chamber Mix
16 Drum Courts Hidden Live Paris
17 Irreversible–En Papier Hidden Live Berlin