Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Six Organs of Admittance

Shelter from the Ash
Drag City

The apocalyptic folk strum and drone that binds every Six Organs of Admittance record is hard at work on Shelter from the Ash. But what sets this record apart is that vocalist/guitarist Ben Chasny channels these elements into traditional song forms.

Chasny is the master of stripping the shiny happy aura of an acoustic guitar to draw out a dark, natural resonance. "Alone with the Alone" lays the groundwork for an album that is all about communion with the dark matter of the universe. The shorter song lengths break up the Six Organs experience into digestible pieces, and lyrics in "Jade Like Wine" and "Final Wing" carry more weight than any of Chasny's previous outings. Elisa Ambrogio's (Magik Markers) hushed vocals shadow Chasny's voice. Their layered chants capture chemistry that is bleak and elegant, and brings Six Organs' M.O. to a fine point.

--Chad Radford