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by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
November 6th, 2006 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

On Maritime David Edwards combines soothing, quick paced beats with playful keyboard melodies. It sounds kind of like a techno/ambient hybrid, the music is bouncy enough to appeal to techno fans and it’s definitely relaxing enough for ambient fans to enjoy. Afer listening to the first few songs it’s also obvious that Maritime blends pop, electronica, ambient, and the “sounds of the ocean” all together to form a slightly unique sound. Other artists have already used this formula yet Edwards music is so playful that it adds a subtle yet important aspect to the music.

The first half of Maritime is obviously the strongest, Edwards proves that he can cover a lot of styles and atmospheres within the first few tracks. She’s in Drydock Now blends bouncy beats with a soothing keyboard melody to create a lush and downbeat feel. Later on in the song more layers of keyboard fluff are revealed and although the overall product is slightly cheesy it is also very effective. Next up we have the single Vigo Bay does not disappoint. It’s compelling yet chilled out beat carries on throughout most of the song yet Edwards throws in a nice chilled out guitar driven section. Although the song structure is formulaic the music sounds like something that belong in a Super Mario soundtrack, it’s playful, upbeat, and relaxing. The following track, Six Foolish Fisherman hits you by surprise with it’s vibrating beat and subdued keyboard sparkles, it’s a smooth combination that creates an airy and hypnotic atmosphere.

While Maritime starts off promising the second half of the album doesn’t even compare to the first half. The second portion of the album is much more downbeat and dreary, it’s not depressing yet the music is a lot more calm and subdued. Songs such as Luck Shield and Mistaken Tourist possess the same atmosphere as they both use sharp, laid-back electronic clips over soothing soundscapes. I can’t deny the fact that the music is very relaxing but it is also very dry and plain. The Broads is a catchy little tune as it incorporates hand claps into the music along with bouncy keyboard jingles. It’s a nice break from the dull ambience that Maritime goes through although it’s far from a standout. Finally the album comes to an end with Four Magpies, a stripped down, glitchy tune that ends the album on a fairly depressing note.

Maritime would have been a more enjoyable experience if Edwards could have came up with a few more unique ideas. There are some beautiful, textured songs such as She’s In Drydock Now and Vigo Bay but the overall product becomes tedious and dull after a few listens. The album shows off a slightly interesting blend of upbeat electronica and downbeat ambience but there aren’t enough catchy grooves or hypnotizing keyboard lines to keep you interested. That being said Maritime is a fairly accessible album that will appeal to someone seeking nice, fluffy electronica music.

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November 6th 2006


Nice review Zebra.

As I said last week, i'm still digging this album quite a bit. I'd agree that the album dips in the latter stages, but there's enough in there to keep me interested. I'm seeing them supporting Yo La Tengo tomorrow, not sure what their live performance will be like though. :confused:

Apocalyptic Raids
May 29th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

quite a good album this one is. I love the mood it creates.

May 29th 2007


I saw him live in concert. I missed most of it but what I heard was cool

August 24th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

I fully agree with Chris Jackson that the second half of the album is dull, however I feel that the first half more than compensates as the first 7 songs have shown enough depth to remain "favorites" for well over a year now.

April 14th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to this in the rain is awesome.

Also is probably the closest I'll come to being Poseidon...

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