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These New Puritans

Beat Pyramid (Domino)



Like the old-school cult punks of the Fall, the four 19-year-old Brits who make up These New Puritans find plenty of room to move within their repetition. Beat Pyramid, their debut album, skitters along jagged guitar riffs, repeated one-word choruses, and a need to get the hell out of there as fast as it can (16 songs breeze through in 35 minutes). The quick hits and often-baffling lyrics — titles include "£4," "MKK3," and "H." — certainly don't encourage listeners to cozy up to the songs. Still, Beat Pyramid occasionally surprises. The atmospheric hum that drifts through "Doppelgänger" and "Costume"'s melodic drone break up the monotony and flicker with inspiration.

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