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.