Masking different kinds of tones, flavors and colors into one overtly stunning and spectral situation, UK’s Burial has now garnered a steady attention through every one of his timeless releases. With past albums that conveyed spirits of lost aesthetics and amazing atmospheres for what many still argue on whether or not it’s dubstep (it is), Burial’s William Bevin has now taken five years off since his last proper LP. Since then, he’s enjoyed working on collaborations and projects where his brilliant style can freely shine. A few years back he combined with Four Tet for an exceptional 12” single and now, with Kindred, the producer returns with a proper EP of terrific solo music.
From the outset, with the opening title track, it’s apparent that Bevin has now developed a singular core of sound that remains intact with stylistically strong focal points: shadowlike atmospheres that fuse background noise with chilling vocal samples, melodically-rich layers that counter-balance around each other and those tremendously excellent drums. The latter, focusing on a 2-step/dubstep layering that recalls early moments from both Burial and Untrue, is prevalent on all three songs on this EP. The music shifts inside the various moods found within each song but there’s always an undercurrent of atmosphere and impending over-layers with every passing moment. The attention to detail Bevin is known for sounds invitingly open on Kindred and the ending fruition is a thrilling success.
This three-song set of music is not necessarily short and sweet either; fortunately, the music’s overall composure lasts a little bit over thirty minutes and in foreboding natures, the entire EP is a substantial weight of music. Each track takes a specific journey where Bevin relays themes and motifs through vocal samples and tumultuous chords that provide an electronic landscape of tones. The two bookends act as thriving tour de forces (each over eleven minutes long) and they ensure the album’s darkly gloomy drive. Even through all of “Ashtray Wasp”’s jittery patterns and calling vocals (“I Want You…”) there’s a soaring pulse and the music is both compellingly fascinating and enveloping. This sort of connection to the music, both personal and innovative, is what makes Bevin’s music so downright intoxicatingly engaging.
It’s also evidently clear and entirely re-assuring that Bevin intends for his music to be multi-faceted in every possible way. Rather than employing sounds that continue to harbor misleading developments, the music Bevin creates is spellbinding through its magnificent scope. On “Loner,” gladly willing for the interpretation, Bevin starts with a clashing of obscurely grimy sounds before piling on layer and layer of introspective drive into a willing, bending, melancholy trip. Even for an EP, Kindred is filled with meaning and substance; just like anything else we’d expect from Burial.