I heard Nightmarket for the first time today and instantly fell in love with it. Suddenly I was standing on a rainy market in Japan, with rain making the ground steam and giving all the neon lights a halo. Awesome what fantasies music is able to unleash.
As ever I am left scratching my head as to how Burial makes his compositional decisions; as in, how to place *what* *where*, add this sample over *here*, etc. I mean, I suppose one could wonder the same of any music but these more recent Burial 'vignette collection' tracks stand so far outside of traditional composition & arrangement that I really can't predict where the track will take me as I listen, repeated sample choices and aesthetics not withstanding. And, as with past releases, I love the perfectly imperfect production, the way lossy pitch-shift artifacts are embraced rather than hidden, all the clicks from hastily cutting and pasting mp3 samples and then throwing a reverb over it, warts and all... It could all either be completely slap-dash or he may have spent the better part of the past year making only these two tracks and agonising over each crackle. It's not for us to know, nor would I want to particularly. All I know is that his music appears to come from a genuine place and it moves me.
seriously dude, you crushed this, well worth the wait, and can't wait for the next one. the end section of Young death is devastation, this is my late night record for the winter. getting played every night, and the Sweetz release with Zomby is fire too