Avebury is named for a neolithic monument in England's Southwest. The EP is a document of Osborne's visit there, inspired by Julian Cope's The Modern Antiquarian, and, in its own way, it adds to a rich history of occult British folk music obsessed with the isle's prehistory. At first pass, "Avebury" is dense and gradual, miles removed from the glossy house of Osborne's recent work. There's a garage heartbeat at the centre of it, but it moves with a lava flow sensibility that smacks of other English dreamers like Luke Abbott or Nathan Fake. Osborne's crystalline synth work adds gritty texture to the slow creep. Add in field recordings and a drum circle from the West Kennet burial chamber, and it's one of Appleblim's most singular pieces of music.
The flipside holds two beatless tracks. "Auburn Blaze" is a nice piece of ambient music, with a motif that feels blurry and distant. "Wandered" taps into the same well of genius as the title track. More texture than music, it's an engrossing 10 minutes that puts the spotlight on Osborne's field recording techniques, evoking images of haunted ruins and past worlds as discrete chunks of melody occasionally pass by. It's a reminder that Osborne isn't only a great DJ and solid club producer, but also a forward-thinking artist with an experimental streak. Skull Disco might be a distant memory, but Avebury points to an exciting new epoch for Appleblim.