These New Puritans, Into the Fire.

For their first effort in no fewer than five years, These New Puritans’ sub-four-minute Into the Fire rages with vigour renewed: forged in a scorching cauldron of quintessentially New Wavy synths (think Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and so on) and heady drums redolent of The Beautiful People, and featuring David Tibet of Current 93, it makes for an addictively dark cacophony. At its centre, Jack Barnett’s very best Karl Hyde impression, as he sings of “open[ing] your mouth [and] spit[ting] out the sky” with newfound impudence. It’s quite something – not least for what may yet prove to be their fourth rebirth in as many records – and that something is, ultimately, their most compelling listen to date.

Into the Fire is available now on limited 7” ‘flame-coloured’ vinyl via These New Puritans.