Burial and Four Tet
Moth/Wolf Club


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
January 25th, 2010 | 26 replies | 11,802 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


It’s not often two of the most respected musicians in their respective genres come together on a collaboration project and it’s even less often they do so with all the attention-seeking noise of a church mouse. If Will Bevan’s (aka Burial) statements upon revealing his identity ever needed echoing, Moth / Wolf Club certainly reaffirms his notion that he’s got his priorities right; these two are doing this for the love of the genres they’ve played such large roles in establishing, the fame is just a by-product. Interestingly enough, the pair come from the same backgrounds, having both attended the Elliott School in London, along with Hot Chip members Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor. A conspiracy even has it that the two are the same person, which if anything, may explain just how seamlessly the artists have adjusted their sound to not only accommodate but compliment the other on Moth / Wolf Club.

Even those still hung up on the loss of Burial’s identity mystery will find reason to be intrigued by this release: distributed only on vinyl, packaged in a neat, blank, black sleeve, if it weren’t for the artists and track names being released from the label, Moth / Wolf Club would’ve been entirely uncredited. However, once this is playing, it’s not difficult to recognize the musical signatures scrawled carefully across either of the 9-minute tracks and though the distinction between each is very evident, they come together with expectedly dazzling results.

“Moth” is exactly the song anyone familiar with Burial’s critically adored ‘Untrue’ would expect the East London musician to return with. The dark, gritty atmospherics are a logical continuation on the course Untrue set itself, coming off his rougher but by no means tougher eponymous debut. Though Untrue may have held itself with slightly more polish, it still resonated with a mean, ghostly cackle, like breeze coming down a dark back alley and as the distinctive two-step beat kicks in behind the reverberating bass, “Moth” envelopes its listener with that same lonely sound of a barren urban underground and it’s a feeling that’s all too familiar. Though Four Tet take a noticeable step back here, his elusive background tinkering adds a brighter texture to the mix, with twinkles floating back and forth behind the thumps and fuzz.

“Wolf Club” features Four Tet’s contributions far more heavily, evident from the beginning, with bright, organic arpeggios that sound more akin to playing drum beats on wind chimes than anything computer-generated. When Burial’s two-step enters at the two and a half minute mark, it brings his unmistakable vocal samples with it, weaving in and out of the tattered, shimmering fabric at its leisure, creating an eerie backdrop to the otherwise high-tempo, pitter-patter of Four Tet’s textures. Essentially, if “Moth” felt a bit heavy-handedly Burial, “Wolf Club” sounds exactly how you would expect a Four Tet and Burial collaboration to sound like, with both artists wasting no time putting their strengths on the table.

Moth / Wolf Club showcases a near-perfect mix and match of the talents of each of its masterminds. Both tracks unravel with a slow-moving build up of momentum, more structurally reminiscent of Four Tet's work than Burial's, and end with a swift tapering off of each idea, like building a house in logical, progressive steps and then deconstructing it in reverse order. Their sounds fit together so seamlessly, you can't help but feel like everything just falls naturally into place, or that each simply inspired the other to work to their creative peak; such is the free-flowing tenacity for brilliance on show from two of the figureheads of their respective genres. In just two tracks, the release is easily one of the highlights of either of the duos careers and believe me, that’s not an accomplishment to be taken lightly.



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Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



5784 Comments


Very nice, I referenced this in my most recent. Good review, Kiran.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, that four tet album you reviewed is awesome and if you haven't heard this, i think you'd appreciate it. thanks!

regarding burial and four tet being the same person: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/3986555

follows up on a radiohead post titled "kieran 'burial' hebden" or something like that and people ran with it

Ponton
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



5784 Comments


I'll definitely look into it, though Burial has never really clicked with me for some reason. Still, their work obviously paid off in the long run. I need to give Untrue another go sometime.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's just two songs and combined with the fact you're a four tet fan, i think this should be a lot easier to digest

oh, and also, this is basically the quintessential headphone album, so if you've got good headphones and this on 320 or higher, it will blow your mind



robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010



14986 Comments


moth is the best


wolf cub is good too

robin
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



4241 Comments


great stuff and review too. four tet glared at me once

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya, I like moth better robertsona but wolf club is definitely the more balanced of the two when it comes to collaboration

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think moth might be my favourite burial song. maybe. such a good record either way.

and a great review contributing reviewer.

AggravatedYeti
January 25th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is so fucking good, nice review mang.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see you're all on top of this, i was a bit taken aback by the lack of ratings this had since this site is all over burial

Kyle
January 25th 2010



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was just listening to this actually. Still amazing.

AggravatedYeti
January 25th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't own this yet, just heard a few times now and it's awesome. I'll rate when I gets me a copy.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 25th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

buy it or get it on as high quality as you can find!

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 3rd 2010



3743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

moth is so goooooooood omgomgomg

Kiran
Emeritus
February 4th 2010



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know right, fuck

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



14986 Comments


moth is da jam

natey
March 21st 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bom ba bom ba boo ba bom bom bom bom... bom bom bom bom

captaincrunch11
April 11th 2011



1198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Moth is my jammmmmmmm

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2011



7024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The 12" just got a limited repressing, pick it up here:

http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/BurialFourTet-MothWolfCub*ONEPERPERSON*-Text-62458.html

Funeralopolis
March 28th 2012



11011 Comments


worst Burial release

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes



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