One of the most secretly exciting electronic artists out there right now is the somewhat mysterious character Burial. He released his first album in 2006, but his identity wasn’t known until two years later when he was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. While rumors flew claiming he was anyone from Norman Cook to Aphex Twin, it turns out he is a mild-mannered producer by the name of William Bevan who is “a lowkey person and I just want to make some tunes, nothing else”.
He is an artist close to my heart because he produces entirely in SoundForge, the single-track destructive editor on which I made all my music for the first several years of my production life. I understand the draw of knowing exactly what your music looks like as soon as you copy into the main track’s window and I like the type of person who likes that. His music is atmospheric and flawed. The rhythms are not quantized, the texture changes subtly without warning, and to top it all off he has collaborated with the likes of Four Tet and Thom Yorke, a resulting song from all three being linked below.
Keep your eyes and ears out for Burial, as I expect good things to come.