Untrue might have been a garage record, but that didn’t stop it from also being one of the last decade’s best ambient albums.

Because despite the fact that Will Bevan clearly knows his way around a beat (I mean, ‘Near Dark’, come on), what makes his music so affecting is its rich, endlessly layered atmosphere and the timing with which those trademark flashes of light are deployed.

That’s probably nothing new to anybody who’s listened to Untrue, but it’s worth noting when you listen to ‘Four Walls’ – Burial’s longest track to date, and for all intents and purposes, an ambient one. Sure, there’s drums – a clock-esque tick-tock fills the majority of the track, and a gated kick-drum closes it – but it’s never once concerned with rhythm; all that minimal tick-tock really represents is blank space for Burial to get as virtuoso and experimental with sound design as he ever has before.

Burial vs. Massive Attack – ‘Four Walls’



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