Basement Featured Album of the Week: The Garden-Horsesh*t on Route 66
The Garden’s fifth studio album, Horseshit on Route 66, is explosive, zany, and pleasantly spooky. Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears create an elegant yet haunting atmosphere with each track. The way they combine elements of punk and electronic with light themes of horror (tracks such as "Haunted House on Zillow" or "Chainsaw the Door") make for an enjoyable listening experience.
The first three tracks of the album, "Haunted House on Zillow," "Oc93," and "Puerta de Limosina" are great punk tunes that keep the energy up and add to the fast paced-ness of the album. This is especially true of the intro track, which has a sample of maniacal laughter on loop to give the song an extra spooky flair. Songs like "Freight Yard" give the release breathing room but still keep the energy up.
Other songs like "What Else Could I Be But a Jester" and "Orange County Punk Rock Legend" are more experimental in their approach; the formeris a fully electronic song with elements of rap, while the latter incorporates a looping bright guitar riff juxtaposed with shouting vocals.
Despite being just 25 minutes long, The Garden are able to create an album that is constantly bringing new ideas to the table, producing a fast-moving listening experience that experimental music fans will enjoy.