Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

[youtube=] The uselessness of the term "world music" becomes pretty clear when hearing a band like Adebisi Shank. There's something very Eastern about the Irish trio's lighthearted groove and guitar leads, and if their Japanese mixtape is any indication they've become quite aware of the sounds of that space. On their latest record This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, the band seamlessly imports that influence into their experimental, instrumental punk sound, even if the resulting product doesn't rock as hard.

Earlier this month the record was released through Sargent House in North America, but it's been out across the pond since August. It sounds a hell of a lot like math rock for an album that never leaves 4/4 time, with technically-driven instrumental pieces and sparse use of  vocoded singing. Now with more dynamics and colour to their sound, the band need not rely on a masked member to grab listener attention - as awesome as that may be.

Things here aren't as heavy and jarring as their first LP, with hooks and added melody applied to the high-speed syncopation this time around. It generally exudes a feeling much calmer than the driving noise rock on the record that preceded it; the super-positive "(-_-)" would not have made any sense in the context of the last release. The crunching bass and ultra-hot guitar tone are still a defining character, but now Adebisi Shank take the time to create passages that contrast their moments of chaos when they pop up.