Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »
Burial‘s salient Untrue recently observed 10 years of rotation around the sun.
Since the masterpiece’s release, the ominous producer has remained an anomaly. An established recluse, Burial has long preferred that his music speak volumes. His very identity was kept at bay for the majority of the early part of his career.
Earlier this year, he made a re-appearance with his Subtemple EP and the eventual “Rodent,” which was an aloof, sultry original, gleaming in archetypally employed Burial ambiguity.
His tracks themselves have long evoked sentimentality and introspection in club culture. Further building on this very style are two new tracks apart of the artist’s debut on NonPlus+ — an electronic music label from London — run by Alex Green, or Boddika.
“Pre Dawn” is a haunting number, reminiscent of the aforementioned Untrue full-length, clocking in near 140 BPM and whisking away its listeners in its shroud, ice-cold quality. Upon its denouement, “Pre Dawn” returns to Earth where the scene transforms into dawn and carries the number into a synth passage. A voice appears to sing out, “Late at night… the energy… take me to the dream world.”
Further into this very reverie state, comes “Indoors.”
More hardcore than “Pre Dawn,” “Indoors” shelves out Burial’s classic garage and intersected rave style that took the underground by storm. It’s a vividly evocative number that needs no visual aid in envisioning its warehouse-reminiscent conditions
Burial is more than 10 years into his career, and with few releases in between, it remains a wonder when the artist will bestow a sonic gifting. Though aberrant and chaotic at moments, Pre Dawn/Indoors exude the beloved Burial elements, still reaching towards a sonic resolution, likely never to attain fulfillment — perhaps, intentionally.
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It’s never any fun to advocate resignation, but…when 10 years come and go following the latest Burial LP, it just might be time to give up hope. Just like how it might be time to give up hope for a selfie of the man that doesn’t pre-date the term, and which is awkwardly used everywhere these days because it’s the only non-candid photo we’ve got of the contentedly private musician.
Either way, we can always count on those severely contoured cheekbones to appear whenever news concerning his latter day work rolls rolls around — news, which, for better or worse, usually involves some teency-weency new micro-release that tragically leaves us desperately wanting more from the clandestine EDM champ. Consider the “Rodent” single released on Hyperdub just a few weeks ago…and before that, there was the Subtemple release, which clocked in at just over 17 minutes! (Ugh. Are fans doomed to endure this extremely gradual driiiiiiiip of music for however long Burial remains un-buried!??)
Oh well. Take what you can get, my friends. Because here’s another Burial release that barely whets the palate. It’s an EP called Pre Dawn/Indoors, and it’s out officially October 27 as his first release on the London-based NonPlus Records (pre-order on vinyl and download right here). On the plus side, NonPlus has beneficently uploaded a couple of 128 kbps clips, which you can listen to below if you find the will to suppress your inner audiophile. That bit rate is terrible! The music sounds okay, though.
Pre Dawn/Indoors tracklisting:
01. Pre Dawn
Burial’s getting busy again! Thus far this year, the mercurial UK producer has the Subtemple EP and the “Rodent” single, as well as a couple of remixes. And now Resident Advisor reports that he’ll release a new EP with two tracks, “Pre Dawn” and “Indoors,” later this month. Above … More »
Following the release of his Subtemple EP back in May, Burial re-emerges this year with another elusive, slow-grooving gem titled “Rodent.”
Slated for a Sept. 22 official release date via Hyperdub, the electro-dub track capitalizes on ominous bass lines and a seductive, looping vocal. The single is further aided by passing trumpet samples and minimal percussive elements that ultimately draw attention to the London-based producer’s idiosyncratic experimental style. Despite his ambiguous persona, Burial’s work maintains its notoriety as this newest release places the musician’s next-level production prowess on full display.
Burial is back at it again with another two-track release. Titled Rodent, the record features the eponymous “Rodent” b/w a remix of the song from Kode9. Typical of Burial releases, as with the recent Subtemple, a vinyl version will be made available in case you wanna hold it. The 10-inch of Rodent drops “around September 22” via Hyperdub.
Since you’re just a hologram, we assume you’d also be happy with a digital version. Luckily, Hyperdub has made the release available digitally on Bandcamp. Also luckily, we know how to embed. As they say in the industry, “Don’t let the embed below go to waste.”
Mercurial UK dubstep producer Burial is back with a new single, out next week and available to hear right now. “Rodent” is on the more uptempo side of Burial’s oeuvre, with an increasingly busy low-key pulse carrying along a series of eerie vocal loops and horn samples. You could even dance to it if you … More »
Burial has remixed a track by Mønic, the moniker of UK producer Simon Shreeve, who founded the Osiris Music UK label back in 2006. The label’s celebrating its 50th release — it’s a single of Mønic’s track “Deep Summer,” and the Burial remix serves as its B-side. It’s the first we’ve heard from … More »
If you’re reading this, it’s too late: Burial and Hyperdub announced a new EP in the wee hours of the morning, and it’s already sold out. Titled Subtemple, the two-track release follows last year’s 12-inch called “Young Death / Nightmarket,” which was also intended to be a surprise but was accidentally sold early in Toronto’s Sonic Boom record store. So, still a surprise, but mostly for the artist and label.
Good news is that you can go to your local record store and perhaps find a copy of Subtemple on May 26. If you’re unable to go to your local record store for whatever reason, there’s more good news: the two tracks of #experimental #ambient #dubstep #electronic music are streaming right now via Bandcamp. <3