Six Organs Of Admittance
Asleep On The Floodplain
ben chasny has been at the helm of six organs for well over 10 years now & after the full on heaviness of 2009’s ‘luminous night’ that used woodwind & strings to ruminate over his ever impressive raga-tinged guitar work, reminiscent of robbie basho, john fahey & contemporary peer james blackshaw, this is a welcome home recorded affair that captures an intimate portrait of the guitarist. most of the tracks are striped back to just guitar & some sparse but effecting vocals as on the stunning ‘hold but let go’, much of ‘asleep on the floodplain’ draws on imagery from chasny’s youth, a time spent in elk river. ‘dawn, running home’ remembers sleepovers in a friend’s tree-fort & the subsequent morning’s return to ben’s own house. the true genius of chasny is best shown when he lets songs bubble & meditate under the surface before an explosion of vocals or on the 11 minute ’s/word & leviathan’ when some psyched out electric guitar hits the senses hard. accomplished & blissfully mesmerising this is chasny at the top of his game.