Burial was a mystery.
Perhaps the most haunting and original music I had heard in a very long time, burial combined ethereal vocal samples, eerily resonating UK garage beats, and a dark, pulsating bass sound to beautifully tie it all together. At nights I would play it in my ipod and just walk around the neighborhood. It was the perfect music for those who could see beauty in macabre.
Eventually, after falling in love with this music, I went out and searched for more information on who was responsible for creating this. I didn’t know if it was a group of producers (who probably made the 8mm soundtrack as well), or a tortured band from the inner labyrinth of a vampire coven, but I was sure with the internet I would be able to find out easily.
To my surprise there was hardly any information on who or whom created this music… which made me love it even more.
No backstory, no writeup, no certainty on the identity. Just speculation and rumors. It was narrowed down to one producer who wanted to stay low key and just make tunes.
In 2008 Burial was nominated for The Mercury Music Prize for his album Untrue, and the pressure was on to unmask this enigma. Eventually a solitary picture of the elusive producer was released on his myspace page. He had revealed himself as William Bevan.
I often wonder after being able to hide for so long, why reveal himself. Would he have eventually been found out of, and just would rather do the unmasking himself?
Is it even possible for a artist to remain anonymous with all the wealth of information available at your fingertips? (Conspiracy theories aside, of course) I know from our history with music, us here in the Quadraphonic Sound Project would rather remain anonymous. We want our music and art to be at the focal point of our creative process, not the producers behind the scenes. In light of where technology and our digital age has taken us, it seems that a luxury sought out by a few is in reality a shrinking option if you become wanted by the many.
Perhaps the only control you have left is to take note from Mr Bevan, release it when the time is right.