Burial
Kindred


4.5
superb

Review

by LudditeStereo USER (26 Reviews)
February 13th, 2012 | 19 replies | 4,863 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Burial sheds skin and adds muscle

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Burial's Street Halo EP and the "Ego"/"Mirror" collaboration with Four Tet/Thom Yorke were welcome additions to Will Bevan's catalog in 2011, but they served as mostly a deluxe paint job and a tire rotation --- a re-purposing of the lurching rhythms, spectral R&B vocals, and unsettling atmosphere that were draped all over 2007's epochal Untrue like a dark, wet shroud. The Kindred EP, however, is another thing altogether. It's more of a transformation, like that moment in 2008's Dark Knight when Christian Bale's fatally damaged Batmobile jettisons its casing to become a cool-as-f*ck Bat Pod motorcycle or in 1988's Alien Nation when an alien Newcomer overdoses on the drug Jabroka and mutates into something far stronger and more monstrous. By shedding skin and adding muscle, an already impressive Burial has become something you didn't expect.

"Kindred" begins with warm synths and gobs of vinyl crackle that's soon followed by Burial's immediately recognizable 2-step jerky percussion. But about a minute and a half in, the floor drops out and is replaced by a gargantuan bass that almost resembles the sound of a machine changing shape (dubstep thanks you, Michael Bay). The track switches gears from skittering precision into a sleek hulk of rhythm and menace. This still feels like Burial --- that is, it's music made for wandering through dark rainy underpasses and grimy dance floors, but everything feels a bit more dangerous.

Fresh sonic nuances and sharper textures litter the EP's three tracks. "Loner" adds rave-like sequencers to a four-on-the-floor build-up until the last minute when a soul singer's ghost wafts in over the dying sound of jazz snares. "Ashtray Wasp" employs spoons-on-glass percussion and a twinkling piano riff to offset a disembodied voice moaning "I want you. I used to belong to you." You can clearly tell that Burial has internalized some of the melodic lessons from his work with Four Tet and Yorke, and he employs them as a soothing counterpoint for the track's throbbing, propulsive darkness that otherwise unfolds like a nervous tic.

Amazingly, none of these long tracks strays anywhere near monotony. Each one is broken into asymmetrical pieces that alternate between oppressively sinister and strangely hopeful, like some suite of dark, deranged urban living amidst shafts of sunlight. Burial's signature aura and appeal are still present on the Kindred EP, but this work is leaner, stronger, and more ominous than anything he's released to date. At 30 minutes, it all feels essential, too, like Burial left everything else on the cutting room floor. What's left is futuristic and cinematic, a soundtrack for a special kind of beguiling, apocalyptic thriller that they haven't quite made yet. You will get to the end of it all too fast --- and then you will play it again.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is fuckin huge

Jeffort23
February 13th 2012



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, around midnight when I saw it dropped, I thought "what the hell else am I going to do for the next 3 hours." Might as well be 1/4827.

go bed now.

Jeffort23
February 13th 2012



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't wait for him to rip this apart.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012



31095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm still surprised that Street Halo didn't get at least one other review

recommended by reviewer
Burial Untrue
Burial Street Halo


Really?


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ohfoxxxycole
February 13th 2012



4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you guys are acting like reccing more works in an artists discography has never happened on this site

Pentagon
February 13th 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, can't wait to hear this

Jeffort23
February 13th 2012



31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

recommended by reviewer
sleep
sleep
sleep

Sorry.

thebhoy
Emeritus
February 13th 2012



4459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so good

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012



18327 Comments


the album of all time

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Ire
February 13th 2012



41754 Comments


my of all time

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012



18327 Comments


all time of ever

zxlkho
February 13th 2012



3461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is really really good.

balcaen
February 13th 2012



3183 Comments


got a stream? i think this leaked last night but i'm not sure. either way, not released yet.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2012



18327 Comments


yeah its in the news feed

chambered69
February 13th 2012



1253 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so
fucking
good
thank you jesus

Timmons
February 13th 2012



561 Comments


3 tracks and its 30 minutes long??!

SaneTBP
February 13th 2012



1689 Comments


^ Yea, who the fuck can listen to one song longer than 4 minutes?

EP is incredible

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

long songs rule

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Killerhit
February 13th 2012



5249 Comments


Yeah he's gonna be playing a show where I am

Might go tickets aren't expensive as hell but still the shirts alone are a fuck of a lot



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