On Maritime, Minotaur Shock (aka David Edwards) wanted to combine his loves of the seaside and sleek '80s pop. On paper, this sounds like an almost impossible mix, but the actual results are equally playful and beautiful, and the best work from Edwards yet. While his numerous EPs and 2001 debut album, Chiff-Chaffs & Willow Warblers, had their moments, too often Edwards' music felt overly restrained and too indebted to IDM pioneers such as Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin.
Keen to shake off the folktronica tag that attached itself following the release of his 2001 debut, Chiff Chaffs and Willow Warblers, David Edwards has approached this second outing from several very different angles. He has spent much of the hiatus behind the drums of indie band Bronze Age Fox and has returned to the music that influenced his formative years, eschewing electronica for Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and 1980s electropop. He has also immersed himself in the romance of the sea through stories of smugglers' coves, treasure hunts and lonely voyages.