Maritime





There are a few artists out there that are nutty enough to grab your attention and keep you listening. Minotaur Shock (David Edwards) is one of those artists. David is not new to the scene, he is already an in demand remixer for bands like Badly Drawn Boy, Bloc Party, and Super Furry Animals, and on August 9 he will be releasing his domestic debut album on 4AD. On the surface it would be easy to write Minotaur Shock off completely and say that it is M83 blending with Architecture In Helsinki having a romp with Boards Of Canada and a cracked out dream sequence. That wouldn't really be fair though would it? Perhaps the best way to describe my multiple listens to Maritime is with the word montage. The delicate and intricately weaved folktronica is what keeps this album listenable from start to finish. One thing is for certain and that is Maritime deals with the idea of being at sea. Not only is this noticeable from the vivid song titles, but also the frequent time changes and overall structure of the songs make you feel like you are drifting off into the vast ocean. The LP kicks off with the clarinet filled "Muesli" and builds seamlessly into "(She's In) Dry Dock Now", a song that boasts lively and playful beats that sway in and out. Another highlight is the six and a half minute long "Hilly", a track that forms itself into a cinematic landscape of electronic pulses only to end with the strumming of a gentle guitar. Oh yeah, and the Hall and Oates friendly "Six Foolish Fishermen" is pretty rad as well. Make sure you check this out and don't let it just become a critic darling. Step aboard the SS Minotaur Shock and sail out to sea for a day trip. You won't want to come back to visit the land lovers for a while.

Minotaur Shock
4AD

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Maritime