Burial
Untrue


5.0
classic

Review

by Laura Saeti USER (7 Reviews)
December 6th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Growing up condemns all of us to a grey world... a world where imagination and happiness is no more... a masterpiece to grief the time when joy was everything... a joy now dead...

4 AM – I hear someone’s footsteps fading out in the distance under an obstructing layer of hazy streetlight. Nights like these force me to wander. An unknown urge suddenly appears inside of me and I succumb to its powerful drive.
It’s raining. I like when it’s raining. I like the pattern of rain on windows of the bus.
Vehicle increases its pace, but I don’t notice it. Neither the brief scenes that appear outside of the window – urban decay, rotting council estates, used needles in filthy playgrounds, crowds of misguided youth and their shattered dreams. This city has soaked in sorrow; I sense it every time I inhale its stiff air.
Someone passed away yesterday; I don’t know who it was. Someone was born today. Thrown into this world, just to become miserable someday over someone who was never deserving of love and care.
A lot of thoughts come to my mind. Old childhood memories recorded on gritty, crackling videotapes, funeral of some relative whose name I have forgotten, moments when my world felt shattered. It feeds my melancholy when I think about it, overpowers any glimpse of happiness and joy. I never fight back, just let the city consume me.
I sense my bus stop approaching and I get off, to become another ghost story, shadow of a shadow, silent rain on the rooftops.
It’s still raining.... I like when it’s raining.


In our heads, Burial`s Untrue conjures images, which a lot of artists could not achieve. Behind the synthetic beats and brooding electronics, there are fragments of life. Every high-pitched coo representing an emotional catharsis and sincere longing for something. The fact that most of the sounds/beats have a DIY approach to them, showcases, perhaps not the lack of a proper gear, but the will to add something personal to them - a piece of one’s soul. This self-devotion imparts an added value to the whole project, making it also enjoyable for people with higher requirements towards the core and atmosphere of the music.
Aside from being emotionally challenging (a rare thing to find amongst this type of music), Untrue also maintains a certain level of musical originality. Most of the beats have an interesting pattern and organic sound to them. The whole percussion is nothing groundbreaking, but at the same time, I haven’t heard an artist who had composed music in the same vein, before Burial`s appearance in music industry. Borrowing elements of early dubstep, 2-step garage, drum 'n' bass, ambient and house music, Burial (aka William Bevan) crafts his haunting masterpiece Untrue, representing a barren urban landscape, and its inhabitants – People, caught up in the hurry of their lives, with no time to think about themselves, only living to satisfy the machine modern society has become. Untrue tells a lot, without having to be bulged with lyricism. Bevan clearly enjoys using a lot of manipulated samples with vocal hooks, which aside from the DIY production is exactly what gives Untrue its human quality. Utilization of crackling and shuffling is also prominent in Untrue, exemplifying Ghost Hardware for instance.

The content of Untrue can be generally divided in two categories – Ambient and motional (impulsive). Songs like Endorphin or Dog Shelter, feature a gritty and sombre ambience, absent of any beats, while Archangel or Near Dark, still maintaining the ambience, have a steady beat and distorted heavy baselines to them. Even though a lot of artists nowadays use ambient, motionless tracks as a fillers or pace-breakers, in Untrue they have an integral role, supplementing and enriching the whole concept and sound.

For those having a hard time grasping Burial`s shadowy presence, I suggest flipping over their perception of music or trying to view it all from a different angle. It might take time to acknowledge Bevan’s work and the sensuality behind every song. Whether enjoying Untrue or not, one has to agree that it has a lot ingenuity and freshness that many of its peers lack.



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ThroneOfAgony
December 5th 2012


3485 Comments


This is actually a pretty good review for a first (assuming you are a new user)

mindleviticus
December 5th 2012


8237 Comments


yeah solid review

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2012


7126 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cool review, pos'ed. What's the opening passage from?

One beef I have is with "The whole percussion is nothing groundbreaking". I've always though all his stuff has such a uniquely interesting rhythm to it. There are a lot of artists going for similar aesthetic styles now, but everything is usually tied down by a standard 2-step rhythm or dubstep's kick-snare pattern. Everything this guy does has such an interesting percussive pattern, which is something you can't say about pretty much any of his contemporaries.

Funeralopolis
December 5th 2012


11419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i pos because i agree with the rating

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Funeralopolis
December 5th 2012


11419 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

read it now, review slays hard. Clearly my distribution system is working.

WashboardSuds
December 5th 2012


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice summary

wanderlust
December 5th 2012


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@TMobotron. The opening passage was written by me. Always have enjoyed writing, so this is what pops in my mind, when I am listening to this album.
Thank for the pos`s people, I appreciate it.


zxlkho
December 5th 2012


3465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know what is keeping me from 5'ing this. Maybe it's because Kindred is better.

tommygun
December 5th 2012


24954 Comments


dude really nice review, pos

just noticed that your apostrophes look strange when you write "Burial's" though

maybe you put in too many spaces or something?

wanderlust
December 5th 2012


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kindred was pretty good, but I didn't quite like the change in overall mood. Wheres Untrue maintains a haunting, archaic and dark feel to it, kindred is more up-beat and experimental, which put me off a bit.


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album
If find it very difficult to make it through the whole thing though

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oltnabrick
December 5th 2012


30916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HHNNNNNNGGG

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2012


7126 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The opening passage was written by me. Always have enjoyed writing, so this is what pops in my mind, when I am listening to this album."

Oh really? Wow man, that really floored me. I mean I thought the whole review was great, but that part especially I thought was damn well written. You should try to incorporate that style of writing into the rest of your review IMO.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2012


7126 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kindred is fucking incredible, I find the atmosphere to be a bit darker and more dense than on here, but I do think that this album from start to finish just touches on a lot more. The moods here change, but it's all so immersive. It's more of a journey to me. Kindred puts me in a certain place immediately and does it well, but this sort of carries me along to different places from start to finish, and I love it for being dynamic like that. Both are 5s to me, but I like this better as a whole.

Winesburgohio
December 6th 2012


1036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm in the small but fervent minority that prefers his self-titled

this is still phenomenal tho, Shell of Light omg

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wanderlust
December 6th 2012


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@TMbotron. Thanks! I'm definitely using that style of writing, whenever its appropriate to implement. I consider most of Burials material to be very enjoyable, but this is his best imo.

InFiction
December 6th 2012


3668 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey, really good review. Album is sensational. Pos'd.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


6458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Etched Headplate is still the best thing he ever did.

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wanderlust
December 6th 2012


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My picks would probably be archangel and near dark. Just a tad better than the rest imo.

Celsius
December 6th 2012


513 Comments


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