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Shackleton & Six Organs Of Admittance

Jinxed By Being

    What might appear to be the most unlikely collaboration of 2024 proves also to be one of the most invigorating listens of the year! Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance are in full aural/metaphysical alignment in their mutual effort to become Jinxed By Being.

    On first listen, it becomes immediately clear that this fusion of Shackleton’s bass-heavy cosmic dread and Six Organs’ ritual folksong makes total sense. Longtime listeners know that both Shackleton and Six Organs of Admittance have been unafraid to pursue their muse into any and all encroaching depth of darkness or outer boundary of potential dissonance — in fact, that has always been their default mode, finding more of resonance way out there in the process.

    They also share that ol’ maverick psychedelic ritual transcendental music vibe, don’t they? And a fascination with repetition and cycles. And a mutual inspiration drawn from alternative tunings and literature . . . all this considered, it’s been basically inevitable that Ben Chasny and Sam Shackleton would work together.

    It took a while for them to find each other — and once they did, it was almost eerie, how preordained it felt. When the music started coming, though — that’s when it got really eerie. The mood rises from the music like smoke, a sure signal of total integration. Jinxed by Being finds Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance delighting in their synthesis. Reveling in the unique sonic textures found in the collage, they launch small details that unfold into a massive space, then fracture into multiple lines of dimensional reality, crossing the stereo spectrum with enervating motility.

    Here lies all the proof you need against the danger of categorizing by perceived genre rather than intention — encounters like Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance might never have found the linear space in which they sit next to each other, beyond alphabets and other institutional organizing principles. Rearrange your libraries — or you might miss getting Jinxed By Being.

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    Time Is Glass

      With Time is Glass, Six Organs of Admittance is captured once again in the intricate tangle of the fretboards, soaring in open skies above. Like lens flare cutting through the speakers; spiderwebs cracking the windshield that holds back all the onrushing reality. Blowing the dust away, cutting a new path for cognition. As is always endeavored.... After 20 years of living on the road in different places, Six Organs of Admittance had returned home to Humboldt County — a far country, to some, but still part of the world through which creatures of all kinds are moving through and contributing to. And some of them are human. Alone together — forming connection and exchange out of thought and expression — no different from the people on the other side of the Redwood Curtain. It was there, where Six Organs had long ago emerged, in the name of everything cycling, of circles that spiral concentrically and remain unbroken, the new music was conceived.


      Barry says: A startlingly focused and beautifully minimalistic recording of voice and guitar, showing the perfect juxtaposition of rhythmic guitar playing and soaring, swooning vocal work from Ben Chasny. An unhindered, unhurried gem.


      The Mission
      Slip Away
      Theophany Song
      My Familiar
      Spinning In A River
      Summer’s Last Rays
      New Year’s Song

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      Sleep Tones

        Six Organs of Admittance takes listeners through an extended narcoleptic journey on Sleep Tones, an all-electronic double album of new ambient work. Mastered by VDSQ labelmate Chuck Johnson, Sleep Tones was made with a specific effect in mind. These new sounds from the Six Organs universe represent an essential creative shift from one of the great guitarists of the 21st century, showcasing his ever-evolving palate. An antidote to modern overload, Sleep Tones provides a welcome stasis. In its physical manifestation, each side of Sleep Tones ends with a locked groove in case of dream state, with no fear of a needle sliding outside the set mood. These sounds lull through speakers and headphones, creating ideal conditions for consciousness drift.


        Barry says: I've not heard a suite of sleep-ready tunes quite as blissful as Six Organ Of Admittance's 'Sleep Tones' since Richter's 'Sleep' Or Stars Of The Lid's 'Tired Sounds...', and as two of my favourite ambient LP's ever, that's really high praise. This is lovely.


        Side A: Alnitak - Left Handed Triple Star System Sunset Tones. Ascending Tritones Responding To Descending Tritones Balance Each Other Into Pure Matter.

        Side B: Alnilam - Center Star Tones Capture Blue Supergiant Gravitational Forces. Hyper Luminosity Touched With The Faintest Eldritch Whistle For Those Willing To Open Dreams To Possible Extra-dimensional Contact.

        Side C: Mintaka - Right Handed Equatorial Tones Circumambulate The Universal Exhale. Getting Closer To The Celestial Sunrise. Tones For Preparation Inside Of The Dream.

        Side D: Messier 42 - Entirety Of The Celestial Body For Creation Aspects, Collapsed Into Vertical Time. Tones Created For Creation And Cryogenic Rest.

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        Burning The Threshold

          In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic Six Organs of Admittance music since 2012’s Ascent, Ben Chasny had a think about what he’d be saying in his own tongue for the fi rst time in a half-decade. As ever, a head-full of ideas were driving him to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of Six Organs-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

          With a spacious acoustic soundstage, Burning the Threshold may actually more resemble 2011’s Asleep on the Floodplain. Or it may more resemble Compathia, or School of the Flower. All of this is speculative, comparative, unverifyable — but our sense of what is true tells us that nobody plays acoustic music quite like Six Organs of Admittance, and that furthermore, nothing sounds so much like Burning the Threshold as Burning the Threshold.

          Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing while thinking of birds in the morning, anarchy, Third Ear Band, Gaston Bachelard, The Gnostics, Ronnie Lane and/or The Faces, Deleuze, Aaron Cheak, Odysseus, This Heat, Takoma Records, St Eustace, Dark Noontide and a HELL of a lot more than that, with all the thoughts affi xed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infi nite space.

          The space radiates out from the album’s fi rst moment, with “Things As They Are,” a song examining the life of poet Wallace Stevens. Ben’s currently working on music for a theatrical work about Stevens’ life set to debut in Cleveland later in 2017. The empathetic waves generated by this song resonate throughout the album, giving a new dimension to the music of Six Organs of Admittance.

          Like so many other Six Organs records, Burning the Threshold was created mostly solo, but features the singing talents of Alex Nielsen, Haley Fohr and Damon and Naomi; the drumming of Chris Corsano; a guitar duet with Ryley Walker, and keys and mixing from Cooper Crain. With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. The gentleness found here, balanced on top of his classical asceticism, provides much of what we need in 2017 and beyond: love, forgiveness, reality and an ever-wider view, with the understanding of our circular path in this lifetime. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning the Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence.


          Barry says: Six organs of admittance pull out another beautiful album of intricate campfire folk, looped guitars and heady ambience, all topped by Chasny's brilliantly hypnotic vocal musings. An arty but accessible alt-folk masterpiece, and a journey to be undertaken time and time again.

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          Hexadic II

            Sounding forth from a resonating body, the music of Six Organs Of Admittance seems to reach us from an ancient remove. Ben Chasny’s Six Organs vehicle is a wide-ranging craft, spanning over a dozen albums whose gaze is always shifting but whose focus never wavers, descending through a labyrinth of contrasting lexicons (both linguistic and musical) in an attempt to resolve existential codes while engaging the listener and the musician in shared pursuit.

            With ‘Hexadic II’, Ben Chasny’s unique touch on acoustic guitar is brought back to our ears after what feels like a kind of forever. What may signify to some ears as folk music is caught in an equally compelling undertow of powerful subterranean energy. Ghostly vocals of divergent timbres sing over the fluid interplay of guitars, harmonium, violin and pure space, as the reverberant room around the sounds plays as much a part in the experience as the music.

            ‘Hexadic II’ is ultimately what the listener hears it to be - a darkly spiritual listen, filtered through their ears, perceptions, and choices. It may be primarily about time: how perspectives change and choices vary over time, as if a separate yet parallel existence, with shared meaning, is being undertaken.

            As ever, Chasny has a head full of ideas that are driving him; ‘Hexadic II’ simultaneously explores the same charts and paths that gave birth to its predecessor, while creating music of a totally different order. The ‘Hexadic II’ songs have direct correlates to the ‘Hexadic’ songs yet are much more than mere acoustic versions. Think of them as distant cousins to the songs on ‘Hexadic’, obsessed with Greek choir, the desert and the sea.

            Simultaneously more inviting and challenging than ‘Hexadic’, ‘Hexadic II’ is a powerful musical journey into the enigma of interpretation and inspiration - at once a technical work and a deeply personal emission from a seasoned musical traveller.

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              Wine-dark, oozing thick like oil and suddenly bright with phosphorescent lickage, Hexadic is witness to the primordial birth of a new approach to the neck of the guitar. Six Organs kills it!

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