Editors' Notes It's hard to imagine what the music of the '10s and beyond might sound like without Burial. His smoky breakbeats and melancholic vocal samples helped set the tone for both underground bass music and universally acclaimed albums like Beyoncé. But the reason for his impact probably has less to do with his techniques than the overwhelming sense of loneliness he conjures. Desolate songs like "Archangel" and "In McDonalds" are the sound of deepest despair, but also of silver linings.

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