All three cuts unfold over more than one act, lending the release a mini-album feel. The title track has three movements, with a submerged amen break, a familiarly distorted vocal and rushing chords eventually giving way to a pumping bassline that meshes with hip-hop vocal samples. Ethereal voices and glistening chords eventually take over to bring things to a close. "Hiders" is a warming winter pop song that chimes into life slowly and peaks with a hopeful vocal and pulsing beat. Its main section is about the length of a traditional pop song, and provides a sweet rush; the haunting interlude of chords and samples that follows is a fitting comedown.
13-minute closer "Come Down To Us" blossoms into something almost Christmassy, its alternately clear and distorted chimes periodically rising in glorious unison with a meditative vocal. It completes an almost unbearably romantic, melodious whole. Debate will rage indefinitely on its merits, but to my ears Rival Dealer places Burial in a new creative sweet spot.