Monday, November 05, 2007

I've no doubt that repeated listenings to Untrue are going to continue to reveal its depths to me, but I suppose I should run through some impressions to back up my claims of best-ness. Boomkat already hit on a lot of it, mainly the point about Burial, despite being one of, if not the, most notable Dubstep producers, has not been copied by anyone. Everybody just got the point and never bothered to try. It's resolutely outsider, but that mass appeal type of outsider. This becomes most clear to me on the moments in Untrue when all the gauze strips away. If you thought the thing that makes Burial's music distinct was all of the atmospheric white noise and billowing clouds of mournful melody, listen to it all peal back while the beats and bass throb in the dark. That's when it's at its most mutant and haunted. These are the moments where it becomes clear that Burial is far more than a "sound". The next time I hear someone say his music lacks substance, I'm gonna have to ask them what exactly substance is, and what music has it? The most apt comparison I can think of is like a really choice RZA production. It isn't strange in the Residents/Zappa school of, "We're being weird! Lookit! Hey, lookit! We're weird!" Just genuinely odd pop music. The best kind. And yes, it has that knife-edge of "cool"-ness about it, but, ultimately, that isn't the level that it speaks to you on. At least it shouldn't be, if you're really listening. Whoever he is, he's one-upped the faceless producer mytique by creating something that's welled up from deep inside of him, and now it's out in the world and speaking directly to something deep inside a lot of people. And maybe more than his music, but probly not, that's a fucking beautiful thing.

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