Friday, August 28, 2009

Music Review: Six Organs of Admittance - Luminous Night (**)



"For being such an unwitting participant in the whole mid-aughts freak-folk movement, Ben Chasny’s career has followed a conspicuous path mirrored by that of its parent scene. If 2004's Golden Apples of the Sun compilation represented the nexus of this then-burgeoning community, then School of the Flower, Chasny’s umpteenth release and most widely praised record as Six Organs of Admittance, played more of an unassuming role in expanding the reach of this already insular faction of artists. Whereas scene godfather Devendra Banhart was taking quieter cues from the likes of Vashti Bunyan, Bert Jansch, Karen Dalton and all manner of British folk footnotes (let us not even attempt to chart who he’s trying to emulate nowadays), Chasny pulls from a sonically different yet artistically similar pool of influences. The intricate harmonics of one-man instrumental guitar virtuosos such as John Fahey and Loren Conners certainly provide the foundation for Chasny’s multi-hued acoustic compositions, yet his deft integration of harsher textures attests allegiance to droning experimental composers such as The Dead C and Sun City Girls – not to mention fellow left-of-center contemporaries like Tower Recordings. [Continue Reading]

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