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Burial Releases A Surprise New EP, 'Subtemple'

Burial's new single, <em>Subtemple / Beachfires</em>, is out now.
Burial's new single, <em>Subtemple / Beachfires</em>, is out now.

Burial's been lurking in some subterranean realms lately.

Last November, the U.K. producer released Youth Death / Nightmarket,a pair of nocturnal emissions, built to dissolve. Last month's frenetic remix of the Goldie classic "Inner City Life" seemed like a strange side-step, especially in comparison to today's release.

"Subtemple" almost throws back to Untrue's mope-soul, but intently focuses on vinyl-crackled loops, ghostly industrial textures and lost shards of musique concrete. The B-side "Beachfires," in particular, is where Burial fully falls into the ambient goo, as alien synths whisper and stir.

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