AOTY 2018
These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #92 / 953
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2013 Ratings: #126
June 10, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Infectious Music / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

It’s a thing of few choruses and much abstraction, structures meandering and alpine, a confusion of sustained brass notes and drawn-out intros. At times there is breath-snatching pomp. Others it’s like watching The Thin Red Line in slow-motion.

90
musicOMH

The music on Field Of Reeds is certainly not easily accessible but, at its heart, this is a supremely evocative album. 

90
AllMusic

This perfectionism, present in the sonics and in the complex arrangements, makes Field of Reeds the most challenging title in their catalog and also the most groundbreaking.

90
FACT Magazine

It’s really, really beautiful – beauty as it should be in music: something precious, elusive and exotic, or indeterminate, a little sad and more than a little elegant.

84
Pitchfork

The spareness and sense of space on Field of Reeds is remarkable, the kind that'll make you glance over your shoulder as beguiling mercury-slicked glows slip into an overwhelming, sometimes vicious sense of anxiety

80
The Line of Best Fit

While it isn’t pretty, cute, comfortable or enlightening music, Field of Reeds is important, resonant, serious and very very clever.

80
DIY

It's an exceptional case, where its makers hit the jackpot, where imagination runs riot and gets away with every daring feat, each one more foolish than the previous.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Field of Reeds may initially come across as inhumanely taut, straining, and indistinct to begin with, but this is the sound of precociousness finally arriving at a purpose.

77
Beats Per Minute

Pinned up and thoroughly artistic, Field of Reeds is affecting, but it’s also hard to get genuinely excited about.

75
The 405

Field of Reeds is an altogether quieter, more reflective record than Hidden, and in some respects feels like a step sideways as compared to the huge leap forward they took last time round. 

70
Consequence of Sound

Listening to Field of Reeds sometimes feels like taking a test and forgetting everything you thought you studied for. At the same token, its gorgeous production, control, and vision make it hard to turn away from.

60
NME

Devoid of easy access points, it’s sparser and stranger, filled with eerie lulls and sudden, discombobulating rushes of noise. Anyone hankering for a visceral body-and-mind-fuck á la ‘Hidden: Part 2’ is going to feel alienated.

Antonis
80
Imaginative style transition.
Urbanov
30
One word: boring. When I was listening to it, after third track I was like "Ok, it sounds like Sigur Rós with anaemia, but when the hell it will end?". I'm not sure if I'm going to give it one more try - it's just too dolorous.
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MISC LISTS

#20/Exclaim! (Pop & Rock)

Track List

  1. This Guy's in Love With You
  2. Fragment Two 
  3. The Light in Your Name 
  4. V (Island Song) 
  5. Spiral 
  6. Organ Eternal 
  7. Nothing Else 
  8. Dream 
  9. Field of Reeds
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Added on: April 23, 2013