Burial – Untrue


In a rareinterview Burial once said, “I love…old jungle and garage tunes, when you didn’t know anything about them, and nothing was between you and the tunes.” This philosophy certainly rings true in hisartistic persona and his music.Burial was totally anonymous when he released his self-titled debut album in 2006 and Untrue in 2007. Nobody knew who he was until speculation became so rampant on the internet (some journalists were convinced that he was an alter ego of Aphex Twin) that he chose to reveal who he was: just a South Londoner named William Bevan who wanted to make some dubstep tunes. And some tunes he made.

Untrue is legendary in certain circles of electronic music lovers, and for good reason. As haunting and ethereal as his first album, Burial, his creative use of vocal samples lend a bizarre sense of warmth to the dark and grimy tracks. Shadows of ambienceand the captivating, almost otherworldly rhythms of2-step tie everything together.It is truly unique and has managed to find a following even among those who don’t normally enjoy dubstep. And the beauty of it all is that there truly is no barrier between you and the music: no self-indulgent joke tracks, no featured guest artists, nothing in the liner notes except a simple “Thank You”. Not a singlepiece feels like it doesn’t fit.

This is my favorite electronic music album of all time. It is a masterpiece, and any fan of electronic music owes it to themselves to check it out.



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One Response to “Burial – Untrue”

  1. Nebraska
    November 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Yes yes, Burial’s Untrue is an amazing album! I came to college knowing nothing about electronic or dubstep, and my roommate played Untrue everyday, and the beats are quite irresistible. Over the summer the vocals on the album wouldn’t leave my head. And like Cosmonaut said, the music feels very honest, Burial doesn’t need to make ironic statements, his straightforward approach is dang refreshing and I’m hoping that as more people listen to it, it will become the gate-opener for electronic and dubstep listening in the way A Kind of Blue was for new jazz listeners. Listen to the Cosmonaut, check it out!

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