The crispy, icy air around the desolate landscape emits a sense of ambiance and loneliness. The gentle, winter breeze blows softly in between the high-rise flats of South London, making the trees sway from side to side, whistling in a somber tone, capturing a sense of solitude amongst the madness surrounding us. Burial’s Antidawn EP captures a unique space, balancing eerie, dislocated and disjointed soundscapes, with a warmness that feels so inviting, especially in the cold seasons.
With meandering synth leads, intricate vocal samples and sonic patterns, the album’s soundtrack is truly stunning, with gorgeous ambient soundscapes that capture a warmth that feels so organic, beautiful and delicate. His music, to me, feels like being wrapped in a blanket, while walking alone through a South London park, with a view to the city, observing the lights and life around me, while being and feeling alone in my thoughts. It’s something only Burial has been able to do to this extent, and this new EP is one of his more powerful ones to date. Since the release of his debut self-titled album in 2006, I have always maintained the thought that if I were to introduce someone to a sound that represents the UK, especially during those cold and dark winter nights, it would be his music. His uniquely crisp and emotive soundscapes are just stunning throughout the 43 minutes of this incredibly dense and intricate body of work.
Listen to Burial’s new offering to the world, Antidawn EP below. Released via Hyperdub Records.