The ever elusive Burial released his new EP, Rival Dealer, last week digitally. Upon first listen it's one of those hauntingly beautiful pieces of music but then it becomes even more special once you learn that he created it as an anti-bullying anthem of sorts. Burial explains:
"I wanted the tunes to be anti-bullying tunes that could maybe help someone believe in themselves, to not be afraid, + to not give up, + to know that someone out there cares + is looking out for them. So it's like an angel's spell to protect them against the unkind people, the dark times, + the self-doubts."
Nothing breaks my heart more than the thought of someone not only struggling with themselves (as if that isn't hard enough) but also having others convince them that they're not good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, etc. Kids are harsh these days. The message behind this EP is so cool. I've got lots of respect for Burial on this one.