Minotaur Shock - Amateur Dramatics
- Oliver Farrimond
- 21 August 2008
There’s a pleasing, almost literary, conceit to this album. Bristol-based electronica artist Minotaur Shock – otherwise known as David Edwards – has given each downloadable track a pricing guideline corresponding to various criteria of his own choosing. These include, but are not limited to, a ‘technical difficulty rating’, and the frequency at which the track made his computer crash.
It’s a humanising touch, and an innovative stab at something approaching sleeve notes for the digital age. The music itself lacks the whimsy of 2005’s Maritime, opting instead for dirty eclecticism and a musical complexity that occasionally jars. Still, this is an intelligently crafted record that bears more than a few listens.