Burial.

30 03 2011



There’s something about the music that Burial creates that just makes everything alright again. You can just sit or lay in the dark listening to his music, and everything just seems to fall into place even when it is so far from that. The sound is like a wave of comfort that no other musician has ever created. Does this sound extreme? Good, because that means you’re not listening closely enough if you don’t see…well, hear it.

A lot of music that you love hits you in your heart and you just feel it, it sinks into the pit of your stomach. It’s like that feeling you get when you’re around someone you become fond of, butterflies I suppose. The feeling you get from hearing a certain piece of music or your favourite band in general can cause you to react in a way that leaves others looking at you as if you are mental. Or maybe I’m alone in this, more than likely.

Anyway, Burial’s music doesn’t hit you in the heart- it goes deeper. It gets you right in your soul. That part of you that you never thought a piece of music could get you, he does exactly that. You don’t expect it. You shun him because you think, “Oh it’s dub step or whatever- it holds no substance.” Bullshit. Utter bullshit. Burial is remarkable. If you can’t see it now, after all these years- then I have no idea what will make you see it.

Oh I know what will- try listening to Ego or Mirrors- the two tracks he recently did with Four Tet and Thom Yorke. Seriously, if those two tracks do nothing to you, then you have no soul. And you more than likely need a hearing test too.

Burial is perfect music to just ease your brain, to make everything seem normal for once. It’s perfect escape music. Get on a train or lay on your bed- play his music and shut your eyes. Good music throws you into a different world; it takes you on a journey, where only you and this piece of music exist.

His sound is quite dark, yet at the same time distinctly euphoric. There are not many vocals in his songs, and although I love words- sometimes it’s nice to just have a sound rather than a voice. A sound can make you take what you want from it. It can cause you to create your own meaning rather than listen to a song about having your heart torn out and feeling the same desperation as the singer. With Burial, the sound takes you and you make it your own. You create what it means to you. That, makes a brilliant artist.


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