When a member of the ultimate psychedelic prog-rocking band of our time decides to join forces with a ‘free-jazz sensation' to create a lo-fi folksy affair, one feels obliged to take note of such a potentially exceptional collaboration, doesn't one?
Ben Chasny massacres crowds regularly with his guitar in Comets on Fire, but this is the polar opposite of said band's unwieldy and scathing Pink Zep masterpieces. Six Organs of Admittance throws down many things that are _not _rock. It is very doubtful that anything would ever be turned up to 10, let alone turned up to 11. Chasny, joined on this release by Chris Corsano, has been seen touring with the likes of Devendra Banhart and his folksy ilk under the guise of Six Organs... and, quite rightly, the references and comparisons have been apt and free flowing since.
Here we can almost feel the intimacy and embarrassment that has coursed through the veins of this work. There is an unbelievable melancholy and woe that canters along, not quite in the background but hardly tenacious enough to be found at the fore. This is music made on and for a dusty, dusky veranda, accompanied by a small glass of bourbon and a guitar. It is a beautiful result that, through the austere and effortlessly enchanting tunes, leaves you feeling the emotion infinitely more than any self-professed ‘emo' might. As an aside for any interested free-jazz aficionados, there is a wonderful 13-minute jam on track six.
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