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  • Audio CD (21 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B004IC7HAM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Ben Chasny is the artist otherwise known as Six Organs of Admittance, and the guitar is his principal instrument. Here, with Asleep on the Floodplain (his fifth LP for Drag City), he's in a mostly acoustic frame of mind, wielding an unplugged axe that's invariably so close-mic’d that the listener's head becomes almost trapped inside its sound chamber. These pieces were home-crafted, apparently leading to a life without pressure, as well as an extended gestation period. And it shows.

When Chasny's guitar is matched with a droning harmonium, the new/old folk renaissance has returned. There are resonances with the work of The Incredible String Band, Davey Graham and John Renbourn, with few concessions to present day updating; it’s as if the very early 1970s never departed. An exotic tinge pervades, with trimmings of Indian and Turkish folk music, all filtered through a British pastoral gauze. Yes, this Californian certainly sounds like an honorary Englishman.

Following the opening instrumental Above a Desert I've Never Seen, Chasny sings for Light of the Light. The textures grow thicker on Brilliant Blue Sea Between Us, all a-swirl with reverberating electric guitar. The album's overall development might be slow, but there's a marked ascension as it progresses. Chasny is contemplating carefully. His lead vocals rise slightly above the spume of his own massed backing voices, amidst phased ornamental clusters of guitar.

The tone suddenly darkens with River of My Youth, the clear mountain stream blackening. A faintly sinister chorus backs the split-voices of Chasny's lead lines, as the layered guitars continue their vibrating existence. Density increases once the 12-minute epic of S/Word and Leviathan gets underway, teasing with its oh-so-briefly scabbed-up electric guitar climax. There's a growling bass-drone undercurrent, a ghostly chorus, just discernible in the misty distance. Then, for the closing pair of tunes, nature returns to a restful state, and restfulness is found in nature.

--Martin Longley

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By q_fdb on 6 Mar 2011
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Longtime fans of Ben Chasny's work won't be disappointed with this one. After a couple of albums recorded together with extra musicians, Asleep on the floodplain is a new home-recorded solo outing on which the acoustic guitar and occasional soothing voice takes the central role again - at times supported by sparse additional instruments and layered drones. At first & second hearing, these new songs may sound a little underwhelming after the more 'dramatic' approach on Luminous Night, The Sun Awakens and particularly Shelter from the Ash, but nevertheless this is a rewarding album indeed. The atmosphere of these recordings is warm, poetic and melancholic as always, the quality of his guitar playing exquisite. In a way Chasny picks up where he ended on For Octavio Paz & Dark Noontide, though it's undeniable he has grown as a songwriter & instrumentalist. An evolutionary and maybe unsurprising album, but a delightful one. Not to mention a great starting point for those new to Six Organs of Admittance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Droney treat! 29 May 2011
By Frank Smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my first exposure to the strange, exotic tunes of Benja Mihn Chazny who is Six Organs of Admittance. The music Chazny makes on Asleep On The Floodplain could be loosely categorized as "freak folk". If you like Devendra Banhart, you'll dig Asleep On The Floodplain. All instruments on the album were played by Chazny. The record was made in his home studios over three years: 2007-2010 in San Francisco and Seattle. I cite Banhart for comparison purposes, but actually Chazny is a better singer. The ten tracks on Asleep at the Floodplain are fascinating in their diversity, an oh so fragrant stew of various influences. At times the music sounds middle-eastern, at times it gets all folky and strummy, and then the drones set in to induce a trance-like state for several minutes at a time. The longest example of a drone track is S/Word and Leviathan inspired by Catherine Keller, an American theologian and feminist. There are a couple of spots on this album where the drones are just a bit too long for my liking. But overall, Six Organs of Admittance is a laudable disc with much to admire and enjoy. One more thing, if you are a person who is drawn in any way to meditation practices and philosophies, in whatever tradition, you will especially appreciate the intent and atmospherics of Ben Chazny's music.
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On the Floodplain 25 April 2011
By musickna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album for the title.

To be sure, I checked out the reviews on the web and listened to the preview snippets, but I've done that for many recordings and not bought them. This, though, fitted. Much as Neil Young's 'On The Beach' fitted way back in the 1970s. There's something about thinking about land adjacent to water - it seems to inspire great music.

I had not heard of 'Six Organs' beforehand, let alone heard them, but I've come to love this music. Sufficiently for me to collect about 12 more recordings by Ben Chasny's mostly do-it-yourself outfit. All are subtly different, but all have the characteristics that mark out "Asleep On The Floodplain". These are an underpinning of folk-styled acoustic guitar, crisp, clear and beautifully played. Sometimes solo, sometimes overlayed with vocals and other instrumentation, but always central to the sound. Here, a sound that will be familiar to those acquainted with the more atmospheric productions of artists such as John Cale and Daniel Lanois. Two of "Asleep On The Flood Plain"'s songs wear those influences loud and clear; 'Brilliant Blue Sea Between Us' is drenched in harmonium playing that could have come straight from Nico's hand on the Cale-produced "The Marble Index" or "Desertshore" and the gorgeous melody of "Light of The Light" bears a similarity to Lanois' "O Marie" from the "Acadie" album. But these are only influences - at the heart of the music is Chasny's own unique voice that takes melodic folk, drone, minimalist and noise music and blends them together into a warm organic whole that is captivating and impossible to let go once heard.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
folk guitar raga-drone--enchanting, hypnotic, mysterious 5 April 2011
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
13th album since 11998 from Ben Chasny of Comets On Fire fame. Here, American primitive folk
guitar ballads with complex finger picking slide quietly into ambient Eastern waves of sonic chant
raga-drone--enchanting, hypnotic, mysterious. Shades of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Sandy
Bull, Black Sun Ensemble...from San Francisco.
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