Adebisi Shank: This Is the Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank
(Sargent House, 8/12/14)
In 2011, Irish instrumental trio Adebisi Shank caught wind in its promotional sails, crossing the Atlantic thanks to the aid of record label / management company Sargent House. The band’s giddy, skittering, hyper-melodic scales, paired with driving riffs and propulsive rhythms, made its second album one of the year’s best musical imports.
Back with its third matter-of-factly titled LP, the three-piece is as ecstatic and energetic as ever, infusing new stylistic zest into its tunes. Alongside the usual dose of warbling talk-box vocal effects, Third Album offers video-game overtones, elements of gnarly ’80s funk, disco and dance beats under chopped vocal samples, and rhythmic (robotic?) freak-outs.
If you’re unfamiliar, Adebisi Shank is a band that you absolutely must know. Besides, who else cites equal inspiration from ELO, Enya, Mike Oldfield, Crash Bandicoot, and Game of Thrones?