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Here’s a new album I made under the name Principal Participant. Hope you like it////

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11 months ago

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Minotaur Shock - Orchard

Artwork and layout of the record cover, inner sleeve, coloured vinyl, t-shirt and CD for the Minotaur Shock album ‘Orchard’ out on Melodic.

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Sequence & Edits 3 (download)

1 Mountains - Map Table 
2 Cocteau Twins - The Thinner The Air 
3 Roman Flugel - Don’t Break My Heart 
4 AtomTM - Ein Winterabend in der Bowman Suite 
5 The Black Dog - Taha 
6 Les Baxter - Mozambique 
7 Ekoclef - Lens Flare Oh Yeah 
8 Sun Araw, M.Geddes Gengras & The Congos - Invocation 
9 The Art of Noise - Roundabout 727/Ransom in The Sand 
10 Minotaur Shock - Port Louis 
11 Andy Stott - New Ground 
12 Samoyed - OK BYE 
13 Luke Abbott - Carrage 
14 Cupp Cave - Airlining 
15 Bass Clef - Ghost Kicks in The Spiral 
16 Principal Participant - Asthmatic City 
17 Arnold Dreyblatt - Group Velocity 
18 Gastr Del Sol - Black Horse 
19 Scott Walker - It’s Raining Today 
20 Dusty Springfield - I Start Counting

1 year ago
Sequence & Edits #3

Here’s the video for Saundersfoot, made by the lovely chaps at Torchy Design.

2 years ago
Out now!
“Orchard is captivating, start to finish…a stunning listen” 8.5/10 thelineofbestfit.com
"This is the sound of someone returning to their country home, wondering why they left" 4/5 Mojo ****
"There are loops, sections, whole tracks here which genuinely creative DJs could utilise. They should certainly admire Edwards’ singularity" 4/5 residentadvisor.com
"…like a wholesome stew…tasty, filling and well able to entice the listener back for a second helping" 4/5 musicomh.com
“Orchard is a career high. It is music of huge emotional heft…is it possible for a national treasure to operate under the radar?” thequietus.com
"Don’t be fooled into thinking this is some hey-nonny-nonny take on electronica" 8/10 Mixmag 
"When the parameters of genres are broken down, genuinely original music will be found" 4/5 Narc ****

Out now!

Orchard is captivating, start to finish…a stunning listen” 8.5/10 thelineofbestfit.com

"This is the sound of someone returning to their country home, wondering why they left" 4/5 Mojo ****

"There are loops, sections, whole tracks here which genuinely creative DJs could utilise. They should certainly admire Edwards’ singularity" 4/5 residentadvisor.com

"…like a wholesome stew…tasty, filling and well able to entice the listener back for a second helping" 4/5 musicomh.com

Orchard is a career high. It is music of huge emotional heft…is it possible for a national treasure to operate under the radar?” thequietus.com

"Don’t be fooled into thinking this is some hey-nonny-nonny take on electronica" 8/10 Mixmag 

"When the parameters of genres are broken down, genuinely original music will be found" 4/5 Narc ****

2 years ago
The Line of Best Fit are streaming Orchard in full, complete with a track-by-track rundown. Check it out here.

The Line of Best Fit are streaming Orchard in full, complete with a track-by-track rundown. Check it out here.

2 years ago
Orchard trailer

A selection of tracks from the album, jumbled up and re-ordered. Available now for pre-order (and immediate download) at minotaurshock.melodic.co.uk

2 years ago
New album, ‘Orchard’

Hello. the new Minotaur Shock album “Orchard” is now available for download and pre-order. CD and vinyl will be released in August, but if you pre-order from minotaurshock.melodic.co.uk you will receive a digital version of the album immediately. Like, right away. You can also just buy the mp3s from there right now, should you wish.

Not only that, but along with the album you’ll get two very special remixes. One from Chelmsford’s finest, Gold Panda and one from the Crown Prince of Bristol/Hackney, Bass Clef

You can check out a track from the album below, and also listen/download the Gold Panda remix for free. I hope you enjoy it!

For those of you who like a bit more information about these sort of things, here’s the official press release:

Following a four-year hiatus, Minotaur Shock –aka Bristol-based musician David Edwards –is set to return with Orchard, arguably his strongest album of his ten-year, four-album career. After two albums with 4AD, Orchard marks a return to the label where it all started –Manchester’s Melodic.

After quickly recording most of the basic tracks for the album on a laptop at home, Minotaur Shock took advantage of a proper studio for the first time to fill in the gaps. Live drum tracking, piano, xylophone and a bit of bass guitar were added, giving the finished recordings a propulsive quality. Flutes and clarinets were played by long-time collaborator Emily Edwards (no relation) and recorded in a Devon summerhouse, while James Underwood’s violins were recorded remotely and emailed back and forth.

The resulting album is a sonic journey through shifting moods and landscapes, a proper instrumental journey. It finds Edwards embracing influences from a range of music: ‘I was listening to a fair bit of British stuff and became fascinated by that particular eccentricity that runs through a lot of folk, library, prog and dance music. Things like Mike Oldfield, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Orb, Art of Noise, Kevin Ayers, Virginia Astley, Andrew Poppy, Richard Skelton, Autechre.’  

The unashamed use of acoustic (or acoustic-sounding) instruments is perhaps a response to the much maligned folktronica tag. ‘The word used to bug me,’ he says, ‘So this was my perverse reaction to it – I figured that instead of trying to avoid folk I might as well get in there and see what happened. I was inspired by the strange semi-organic sounds of modern string modelling synthesizers, so wanted to see what would happen if I mixed them with real stringed instruments – how many fake instruments I could bury under real ones.’

'For the first time, this entire album is very much set in a specific time and place', he says. ‘There are field recordings all over the album, sometimes buried very low in the mix, sometimes audible. They are mainly there for my benefit, like a photo album – along with a few drumming errors that I’ve left in there just to torture myself with’.

Mutual admirers Gold Panda (Ghostly International/Notown) and Bass Clef (Punch Drunk/Magic+Dreams) have both remixed tracks from the album, which will be available as free downloads to initial purchasers of the album from the Melodic website.

As well as working on his own material as Minotaur Shock, David has also been prolific working on other projects. He’s collaborated on Perfume Genius’ latest album ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’, adding electronic percussion on the track ‘Floating Spit’, mixed the first single, ‘Hearts In Home’, by Kwes (now signed to Warp) played shows with Hauschka and Gold Panda and also done a full tour supporting Ratatat as Minotaur Shock.

The completed album ‘Orchard’ affirms Minotaur Shock’s position as pioneer and master of folk-tinged electronica. It’s a masterful work.

2 years ago
And why not a few from Amateur Dramatics?

Some from Maritime