To me The Shrubbers sound like they should be in some sort of Horticultural society, they are however an experimental electronica outfit hailing from the wild barrens of Eugene Oregon. Where, I must say that it sounds like a place that could truly mess with your head if this crazy soundscape of an album is anything to go by.
An album of off the wall song titles such as Accidental Lotus, Ctrl Alt Dlt and Particle Light Dance, Absinthe brings to mind a frenzied blend of the Fight Club soundtrack by The Dust Brothers, the music of John Carpenter fused in places with an Oriental twang. Mind you, that doesn't really begin to cover the sounds and music contained on this disc.
Absinthe is definitely an upbeat kind of album that really needs to be played loud. There are so many layers to it, that on repeated listens you will hear things that you will have missed before. Pulsating beats, mixed up vocals and voices help keep this album moving along; there really is no chance of getting bored whilst listening to this.
You will lose all your social training after giving this a blast, or so the accompanying blurb will tell you, and who am I to disagree?
If you like challenging electronica music I recommend you give this a try. It really is a most enjoyable collection of tunes.
You can grab a copy at the below link
Mental Advisory Productions
Rating 3 Stars (out of 4)
Review by Jude Felton