Ariel Zetina shares a hypnotic debut album, Burial releases a surprise album and Flying Lotus unveils a new video game score
Less than 24 hours after Liz Truss ended her disastrous six-week stint as Prime Minister, Burial releases a surprise record. Chance? I do not think so. The British bassist’s EP streetlands channels its cavernous, instantly recognizable sound through three haunting tracks that transport the listener to strange and distant places that evoke our current state of collective dread.
Less than a year has passed since the last Burial anti-dawn EPproducer’s longest release since his seminal 2007 album Fake. Last year he published the surprisingly optimistic shock power of love, alongside his friend and collaborator Blackdown. With streetlands, Burial gets back to what it does best: pensive soundscapes that are so suggestively atmospheric they could easily serve as film music. At just under 35 minutes, listening to the EP evokes the same feelings as walking the streets on a faint winter morning as the sun struggles to break through the gray skies above.
Detached from any structured rhythm, the EP’s eight-minute opener “Hospital Chapel” drifts shapelessly against the sounds of vinyl crackles and distant buzzes. Every once in a while, a scrambled vocal kicks in, before giving way to a buzzing synth sound, which only adds to the overwhelming sense of disorientation. If it wasn’t already unsettling, the title track opens with a processed vocal whispering, “there is someone outside”. Lasting almost 15 minutes, it floats through several textures and moods, some celestial, others murky and confined. “Exokind” is the most hyperkinetic track on the EP and features looping arpeggios that reach cinematic heights. Alternating between choral crescendos and an eerie silence, the mood suggests an omnipresent threat on the horizon. But without fixed form or narrative, the listener’s imagination is left to its own devices.
Elsewhere, Flying Lotus composed the soundtrack for a segment of the recently released horror anthology. Music from the hit game show Ozzy’s Dungeon features seven tracks that play with the tropes of ’80s and ’90s kids’ game shows. Sleater-Kinney Celebrates 25th Anniversary from their third studio album Dig me with the release of a covers album, featuring Wilco, St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, the Linda Lindas and more. Chicago producer and Discwoman Ariel Zetina shares her hypnotic debut, Cyclorama.