Burial's Antidawn opens with a sound so subtle, so instinctive, you might miss it the first half-dozen times: the muted harrumph of a throat being cleared. But no opening line or expository declaration materializes in its wake. Instead, a thousand shades of gray rush in to fill the void. In the background, a blunted stylus pushes its way endlessly through a dusty vinyl rut, the Sisyphean loop that carries all Burial's music.
It's hard to overemphasise the influence Burial has had on British electronic music. His seminal 2007 album 'Untrue' was submerged in ghostly, distorted vocal samples and vinyl crackle; was somehow both chilling and comforting, laid-back and danceable, futuristic and wistfully nostalgic. That album's legend has grown over the years, helped by Burial's quiet elusiveness, and by the fact he's never released a third full-length album.