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on 25 August 2012
The latest album from a true great of the British electronica scene and a very welcome return it is too. Minotaur Shock's work has been described elsewhere as "psychedelic", "pastoral" and "folktronica", but one thing for sure is how well the tracks on here are constructed. A great mix of electronics, acoustic instruments and beats. Best of all are the melodies and believe me this album is chock full of them.

Album opener is "Janet", a wonderful nine minute epic that does not feel a second too long, taking inspiration from Krautrock artists such as Neu! The second "Ocean Swell" has a similar driving beat but is less stripped down with more and more fantastic layers of sound added. The pace drops for the next two tracks "Through the pupils of goats' and "Too big to quit" but not the quality, the latter being a gorgeous slice of folk strangeness in particular. Fifth track "Westonbirt" is probably the purest electronic piece here and works brilliantly as a hypnotic techno track. Sixth track "Lending Library" is a strange and hard to classify song, upbeat, dramatic and quite weird. Seventh track "Quint" reminds me of an old classic Aphex Twin track, all addictive melodies, glitches, noises and melancholy strings - powerful stuff. Eighth track "Saundersfoot" has the most catchy, glitchy and delightful music box-style melody ever, one of the best tracks on a very strong album, definitive British electronica. Final track "Adventure Orchard" is pretty glitchy and experimental, not a bad way to conclude matters though.

Highly recommended album with "Janet", "Too big to quit" and "Saundersfoot" being strong contenders for best track. Electronica fans should not hesitate to buy, though anybody that appreciates melodies and meticulously constructed music should also take a chance, seriously doubt you will be disappointed.
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