Burial – Claustro / State Forest
All in all the opening strains of ‘Claustro’ are very ‘Archangel’ - so much so that you wonder if the one born William Bevan might be setting aside his forays into dark ambient, drone and techno and returning to the Untrue sound. However, while the beat continues in this vein, Bevan takes a left-turn around the midway point. Old-skool jungle and hardcore sounds have always informed Burial’s output, but rarely have we seen the parallel chords of 90’s party music enter the mix this prominently before. The extra-terrestrial keys that come in here link ‘Claustro’ to the revivalist rave aesthetic currently rife in UK club music, but when they’re deployed in Burial mode we find them to be haunted rather than exuberant.