2. (She's In) Dry Dock Now
3. Vigo Bay
4. Six Foolish Fisherman
7. Somebody Once Told Me It Existed But They Never
8. Luck Shield
9. Mistaken Tourist
10. The Broads
11. Four Magpies
Shock - Maritime (4AD)
Shock's debut 'Chiff Chaffs and Willow Warblers' was proclaimed
as being a part of the much-hyped folktronica explosion.
Now for his second long player, David Edwards has shrugged
off the weight of any contrived media pigeon-holing to join
the leftfield loving 4AD and present us with an album loosely
held together by the theme of the sea. You may expect an
album of sea shanties, hornpipes and fisherman's folk songs
and, in some ways, that’s just what 'Maritime' is,
in its own skewed, contrary way.
'Muesli' certainly has a touch of hornpipe to it, then picks
up an element of cartoon bass before a huge burst of accordion
lifts us back on deck. 'Twosley' (geddit?) later picks up
the same melody but adds layers of violin to create a more
sedate and calming atmosphere. There are echoes of Four
Tet at times, but minus the often annoying glitches
Kieran Hebden seems to love so much, while
the jolly electronic quirkiness recalls µ-Ziq.
Edwards always opts for good tunes over any fancy technical
jiggery pokery and is more intent on warming hearts than
wowing geeks. 'Luck Shield' is like a laid-back retake of
New Order's 'Perfect Kiss', but ebbs and
flows into a hazy bliss of oriental percussion, humming
cello and subtle vocal "Aaahs" while 'Mistaken
Tourist' sees acoustic guitar joined by Bontempi beats and
over-the-top, eighties keyboard flamboyance.
music has a light-hearted silliness that renders it absolutely
pretension free, just hear the romp-away toot of 'Vigo Bay'
or the so cheesy yet stupidly enjoyable bounce of 'Six Foolish
Fishermen'. That is not to say this is music without substance,
it has depth. Melancholy and sadness sit alongside grinning
optimism, but Minotaur Shock seems to be creating precisely
the sound he wants to without a thought for trends, fashion
or any other shallow distraction and for that he must be
yet affecting instru-mentalism with a carefree British sense
of humour, 'Maritime' is the sound of smiling and if you've
never heard that before, get this album.