These New Puritans are an English experimental music group whose music is not easily categorised.
They were formed in Essex by twin brothers Jack Barnett (production, song-writing, vocals) and George Barnett (direction, drum kits), and their childhood friend Thomas Hein (multi-instrumentalist, electronics).
Frequent collaborators include Graham Sutton (production), Daniel Askill (director), Elisa Rodrigues (vocals) and André de Ridder (conductor).
TNP released their debut album Beat Pyramid (2008), aged 72 / 4 = 18: circular, fast rhythms, repetitive lyrics and fractured field recordings. Hidden (2010) defied expectations, with brutal Japanese Taiko drums, dancehall rhythms and austere woodwind. After appearing on Björk’s Bastards remix album + touring East Asia, TNP released the intricate, cinematic Field of Reeds (2013) and a 64-piece band live reinterpretation, E–x-p-a-n-d-e-d (Live at the Barbican) (2014).
In 2015, they relocated to Berlin to begin work on their fourth album in a former GDR broadcasting studio. Later that year Jack also contributed to Current 93’s I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell (A Channel). In 2016 they produced the musical score for the first authorised production of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Founder-member Thomas Hein has now taken indefinite leave from TNP to pursue his work in computational neuroscience.