These New Puritans give a taste of their forthcoming American tour in today’s live music video, co-directed by the experimental band and Phil Poole. The performance of “Island Song” at Electric Brixton in London was captured by multiple cameras, showcasing the group's elegiac third record Field of Reeds, which has drawn high praise from such notable figures as Elton John and Björk. “The motivation for coming to the US this time was the positive reaction to the two Hollywood Bowl shows we played with Björk last year,” says songwriter Jack Barnett, who formed These New Puritans while at school in Essex, southeast England with his twin, drummer George Barnett, and their friend Thomas Hein. This ‘septet’ incarnation of the group includes honey-voiced Portuguese singer Elisa Rodrigues alongside French horn, flugelhorn and keyboard players. Before they leave for the States, the band will embark on their most ambitious show yet at the Barbican in April, with a corresponding exhibition at the Strand. “There will be thirty or more musicians on stage,” says Jack. “From chromatic gong players to Adrian Peacock, the basso profundo singer who has one of the lowest voices in the country: during the album recording, it was amazing to hear some of the frequencies that came out of him.”
TNP Expanded takes place at London’s Barbican on April 17. The US tour begins April 30 in New York. Field of Reeds is available here.