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Mysterious EDM Musician Uses Wachowski’s HRC Speech in New EP

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Dec 12, 2013
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Burial’s cover for "Rival Dealer"
Burial’s cover for "Rival Dealer"  

The ultra-mysterious London-based electronic musician Burial set the Internet on fire Wednesday when he unexpectedly released his latest EP "Rival Dealer" -- a three-track, 28-minute record that shows a major shift in the musician’s work, which samples lines from a speech given at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign San Francisco gala, by transgender director Lana Wachowski.

The EP’s closing track is the 13-minute "Come Down to Us," which moves through different textures and movements, but it’s the last few minutes that has the Internet abuzz: It finds Burial, whose real name is William Bevan, using vocals that softly utter, "We’re not alone," followed by fragments of Wachowski’s speech.

"...without examples, without models, I began to believe voices in my head -- that I was a freak, that I am broken, that there is something wrong with me, that I will never be lovable," Wachowski, who directed "The Matrix" and "Cloud Atlas," said, discussing her battle with thoughts of suicide.

"Years later I find the courage to admit that I am transgender and this doesn’t mean that I am unlovable," she said. "...so that this world that we imagine in this room might be used to gain access to other rooms, to other worlds previously unimaginable."


William Bevan (aka Burial)  

Little-known

Since little is known about Burial, some of the musician’s fans have examined and reexamined what this could mean, wondering on social media if the sample on "Come Down to Us" was a revelation à la Frank Ocean’s "coming out" via his Tumblr post, as Fact magazine notes in their review.

Pitchfork, which appointed "Come Down to Us" a "Best New Track" designation, said the song "tackles identity and loss" and called it Burial’s "most overtly political statement yet," citing Wachowski’s speech.

Burial, who uses elements of dubstep, trip-hop, ambient, and garage in his music, has released two full-length albums, "Burial" and "Untrue," the latter, which came out in 2007. Since that release, he’s only dropped 20 to 30-minute EPs. Both of his LPs, and most of his other music, has received massive critical acclaim. His work is best described as moody, dark and the perfect late night walk soundtrack, but "River Dealer" is the musician’s most pop-driven effort yet.

Listen to "Come Down to Us" and Wachowski’s HRC speech below:





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