Boomkat Product Review:
Amateur Dramatics is the second album for 4AD by Bristol's Dave Edwards, following on from 2005's Maritime, and all that has previously been most charming and creatively successful in Minotaur Shock's universe has only become all the more alluring on this latest effort. It's no new trick to combine electronic beats with an orchestral ensemble, but it's seldom sounded so memorable and well-fashioned as on opener 'Zookeeper', which leads the charge with playful melodies and clattering drums. Over the course of the album, Edwards can switch between predominantly naturalistic, acoustic sounds and entirely synthetic ones, resulting in wildly differing sounds from the beatless keyboard and string swells of 'Two Magpies' to 'Jason Forrest', presumably a tribute to the Artist Formerly Known As Donna Summer. It's a fittingly digitised electronic discourse perhaps sounding jarringly whimsical within the context of the rest of the album, but then it's all a little kooky, with an especially manic turn on 'Accelerated Footage', balancing silliness with terrifically impressive synchronisation and technique. Very good indeed.