Who says that, as a musician, maintaining an aura of mysteriousness doesn’t have its advantages? Roughly three weeks ago, I awoke to find my email inbox relatively inundated with messages from various newsletters alerting me to the following, and I’m paraphrasing here: “BURIAL - NEW KINDRED EP - DIDN’T INFORM US BEFOREHAND - MUST BE THE FIRST TO REPORT THIS - VERY EXCITED - BUY NOW.” In a sense, it’s not terribly unlike the collective ejaculation that occurs among journalists of all stripes whenever Apple releases a new product (speaking of which, new iPad!), so I’m sure Burial, regardless of his intentions, got some mild enjoyment out of surprising the bejesus out of everyone with his 30-minute shroud of boundary-pushing… future garage? Dubstep? Whatever stylistic classification you prefer, Burial somehow seems to be getting better at it, which is saying quite a bit, considering the man has yet to release anything short of superlative. Giving fans of his a bit more forewarning this time, Hyperdub has announced the repressing of Street Halo / Kindred, an album containing all of the tracks from the associated EPs, which was originally produced for the Japanese domestic market, and which will be out April 9.
Unfortunately, like the original album inconspicuously released on February 11, and according to FACT, this limited-edition CD release will only see the light of day in Japan, where the people are notoriously keen on exclusive, unique, and otherwise downright weird things. Keep your penis parades and outrageous game shows, Japan; the rest of us (well, at least those of us who occasionally prefer to buy physical albums) want in on those rare music releases.
Street Halo / Kindred tracklisting:
01. Street Halo
03. Stolen Dog
06. Ashtray Wasp