If you've ever done an image search for shadowy British mood-setter Burial, chances are that all you've found is one small image of a dude in a toque and some pencil-drawn illustrations. It comes as a bit of a shock, then, to see that the long-anonymous electronic musician has now posted a selfie, along with a note to fans.
That's the photo up above. It comes from the his label Hyperdub's website, so we can say with some degree of certainty that it's legit.
As for the letter, it doesn't contain much solid info, since it's mostly devoted to saying thanks to his fans and all those who have helped out with his career. Then again, considering the distance that Burial normally keeps from the public, even this itself is a big deal.
He hints that he has some new music on the way, saying that he is aiming to get some new material together before the release of the videogame Dark Souls II in March (evidently he's a fan). Furthermore, he hopes to big into the archives and issue some unreleased old material on vinyl.
Read the letter below:
Hi this is will, I just want to say thank you to anyone out there who liked my burial tunes & supported me over the years. its really appreciated. Massive thank you anyone who got my records & all producers, DJs, radio stations, labels, shops, writers & journalists.. anyone who played my tunes, gave them a listen, or helped me out with it, made me want to keep going with it. Also shout out anyone who sent me tunes, messages, anyone I met along the way & a big shout out to anyone who supports or does independent & underground music.
I want to do some new tunes this year to send to my boss Steve and the label because they've been going 10 years now and have stuck by me. Hopefully by the end of most years I have done some tunes that are decent enough to release. but Dark Souls 2 is on the horizon soon so I'm not sure if I will have many new tunes for a while because I need to play that game a lot. But I'm going to try to get some new tunes together before it comes out.
Also I want to go and find some old tunes I did that still sound alright and never came out.. It would be nice to finally put some of them out on vinyl one day.
Also I want to tell my Mum my Dad my brothers and my sister that I love them to bits. Big shout out to the UK & everywhere else. Cheers & respect to everyone and anyone...be safe & take care Will