Kindred (EP)

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Kindred
Kindred cover.jpg
EP by Burial
Released 13 February 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre
Length 30:45
Label Hyperdub
Producer Burial
Burial chronology
Street Halo
(2011)Street Halo2011
Kindred
(2012)
Truant / Rough Sleeper
(2012)Truant / Rough Sleeper2012

Kindred is the fifth extended play by British electronic music producer Burial. It was first released on 13 February 2012 digitally by Hyperdub,[1] with a vinyl release following on 12 March 2012.[2] The EP was met with praise, with Metacritic assigning an averaged score of 88 out of 100 based on 17 reviews from mainstream critics.[3]

In 2013, Neil Blomkamp's film Elysium featured the song "Loner". Terrence Malick's 2015 film Knight of Cups featured the song "Ashtray Wasp".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of Sound B[5]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[1]
Exclaim! 9/10[6]
Fact 4/5[7]
Pitchfork 8.7/10[8]
Resident Advisor 4.5/5[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]
XLR8R 9/10[12]

Kindred received overwhelmingly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from music critics, based on 17 critics, the album received a score of 88 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim".[3] Andrew Ryce of Pitchfork noted that Kindred "pretty much breaks every Burial precedent there is", calling it "a convenient slap in the face, a wake up call. Never before has his music possessed this much majesty, this much command, this much power: The pathos here has moved from sympathetic to completely domineering." NME's Ben Hewitt wrote that "all the highfaluting talk is justified: the EP’s title track is a 12-minute depth-charge that crackles and fizzes dangerously, imbued with the same knife-edge tension you feel when trekking across London at night."[13] Reviewing the CD reissue compiling the EP with 2011's Street Halo, Robert Christgau wrote that Kindred's title track "takes seven seconds to achieve liminal audibility before slowly building into a peppier elegy than anything [Burial]'s previously dared", while "Ashtray Wasp" develops from a "distressed house anthem" into "something more lyrical. Thoughtful, even." He gave the package a grade of "A−".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and produced by Burial.[15]

No. Title Length
1. "Kindred" 11:28
2. "Loner" 7:31
3. "Ashtray Wasp" 11:46
Total length: 30:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16]
Street Halo / Kindred
186
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[17] 2
US Dance/Electronic Singles Sales (Billboard)[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bass, George (20 February 2012). "Ep Review: Burial – Kindred". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Burial's Kindred gets vinyl release date". Fact. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Reviews for Kindred [EP] by Burial". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Kindred – Burial". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Young, Alex (23 February 2012). "Burial – Kindred". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Pollard, Vincent (28 February 2012). "Burial: Kindred". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Finlayson, Angus (15 February 2012). "Burial: Kindred". Fact. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Ryce, Andrew (15 February 2012). "Burial: Kindred". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Rothlein, Jordan (15 February 2012). "Burial – Kindred". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (30 March 2012). "Kindred EP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Patel, Puja (27 February 2012). "Burial, 'Kindred EP' (Hyperdub)". Spin. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Fallon, Patrick (15 February 2012). "Burial: Kindred EP". XLR8R. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Hewitt, Ben (21 February 2012). "Burial – 'Kindred'". NME. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (17 July 2012). "Burial/Saint Etienne". MSN Music. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  15. ^ Street Halo / Kindred (Media notes). Burial. Beat Records. 2012. BRC-320. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Burial – Street Halo / Kindred" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Burial – Chart History: Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Burial – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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