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Six Organs of Admittance Vinyl
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Inspired by the East-meets-West solo guitar musings of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, former Plague Lounge guitarist Ben Chasny formed Six Organs of Admittance in 1998 in Northern California. SOOA's self-titled, self-released debut arrived that year, followed by various compilation tracks and obscurities. In 2000, SOOA issued the Manifestation EP on the Ba Da Bing! label, a one-sided clear ... Read more in Amazon's Six Organs of Admittance Store

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  • Vinyl (12 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B000F6ZFHM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Torn By Wolves
2. Bless Your Blood
3. Black Wall
4. The Desert Is a Circle
5. Attar
6. Wolves' Pup
7. River of Transfiguration

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Awakens 31 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
It took me ages to get into Ben Chasny's Six Organs of Admittance. I kind of disregarded School of the Flower as being a wimpy, floaty acoustic album and not really worth listening to. That is until I really listened to it. Like all great albums, it's takes a while to sink in; for the melodies, hooks and images to appear.

Once they do appear you realize that The Sun Awakens, like School of the Flower is definitely a wimpy, floaty acoustic album, but it's so much more as well. There's a kind of spitrituality about every Six Organs track, an aura or vibe about it that evokes imagery of the sun throwing it's rays over the apex of a mountain (or is that just the cover art?). It's apt, is all I can say.

The Sun Awakens is another stone in the Six Organs journey. Dark Noontide was very droney and quite dark comparitively. School of the Flower was very spiritual and quite shy and gentle in it's approach. The Sun Awakens is the sound of Six Organs degree after leaving School of the Flower. It's a lot bolder; the vocals are way further up in the mix; there's a lot more percussion and some tracks are less floaty and more immediate. You can see the Comets On Fire side of Ben Chasny creeping into Six Organs as well. The track are more layered, bolder like Comets and feature some pretty cool electric guitar drone chords behind the acoustics.

If you get into it it's avery absorbing album and ultimately satisfying to listen to, just like all the other Six Organs albums I've heard.

The track worth mentioning outright is the epic noise piece `River of Transfiguration' which traverses ambient textures throughout it's 24min running time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A work of austere beauty 5 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Despite the incredible prolificacy that has seen the release of seven albums since the turn of the millennium, the advent of a new Six Organs Of Admittance record remains an event to cherish.

Having finally achieved mainstream recognition with his last album, 2005's sublime School Of The Flower, Ben Chasny - who ostensibly is Six Organs Of Admittance - has decided to push away from the psych-folk blueprint that he conquered with the last Six Organs album and propel himself into the depths of bohemia with a masterclass in dark artistry.

Working with some of his long-time collaborators (notably Noel Von Harmonson of Comets On Fire and Tim Green of The Fucking Champs) means that some of the hallmarks from earlier releases remain, so fans will recognise For Octavio Paz's melancholic six-strings on Torn By Wolves and fragments of Compathia's sweet lullabies can be found on The Desert Is A Circle. But this is an undeniably darker experience than its predecessor; while some of the gentle percussion and the occasional cymbal crash remain, there's little that isn't immolated by the disruptive fire of Chasny's electric guitar. Chasny even goes so far as to mangle his own words on Black Wall, before a volley of feedback blows his falsetto away entirely.

At the end of The Sun Awakens lies the twenty-four minute River Of Transformation, a desolate, droning whirlpool and the most oppressive track that Chasny has recorded to date, whether under his Six Organs guise or any other. The fearsome, crunching guitar is heavy enough to recall some of Chasny's psych outings with Comets On Fire, but the weird other-worldly chanting hauls the track back into the avant-garde mire.

Dark, taxing and almost overwhelming complex The Sun Awakens may be, but it's an album laced with enough of Chasny's particular brand of mercurial grace to ensure that Six Organs Of Admittance's second album for Drag City is, nonetheless, a work of austere beauty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally good album 16 July 2006
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I bought this on the strength of a (short) review in the national press having not heard any of Ben Chasny's previous work. Where do I start! This an exceptionally good album musically. Chasny's guitar on the first half of the album is superb throughout. Whilst there are obvious eastern influences in the music, the first half of the album is very individual and original in style ranging from the dark melancholia of the opening "Torn by Wolves" and the final track of the first half "Wolves Pup" to the upbeat drum-laden "Attar". Must admit that "The Desert is a Circle" made me think I was listening to the soundtrack of a spaghetti western but it is well-played and if this was the intention it certainly brought the desert to mind! The second half of the album consists entirely of the 24 minute long epic that is "River of Transfiguration". Whilst this is excellent (though a little repetitive), it just doesn't seem to marry with the first half of the album. That's the only downside to this work. Nothing wrong with either half of the album, nothing at all - in fact they are both very, very good. It just doesn't seem to hang together. That's why this is a 4 star album and not a 5 star album. Very good though. (8.5/10)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand album. Six Organs' finest moment. 19 Jun 2006
By Parkansky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In case you are not familiar with Six Organs of Admittance, it is the solo project of Ben Chasny (Actually, this was his first musical project, it's just that he's now in bands such as Current 93, Comets on Fire, and August Born). He's released his own material under the name Six Organs Of Admittance for 8 years now, and while very talented, he hasn't made a name for himself outside of the West Coast area. That is, until his album School of the Flower came out, Six Organs' most accesible album to date. Keeping the spirit of the last album alive, The Sun Awakens was recorded in a studio (unlike his earlier albums where he borrowed an 8-track recorder), and by doing so, has expanded his sound even further. This is where Ben Chasny absolutly shines, both musically and spiritually. This is music for the soul.

The first thing you'll notice is how clear the production is. Every instrument stands out, whether it's acoustic guitar, reverbed electric guitar, or persian ney. Chasny's vocals have also improved quite well, helping the songs' emotional peaks. Songs such as "Bless Your Blood" and "Black Wall" both have a psychadelic/Middle-Eastern tinge to them, both backed by incredible percussion by Noel Jon Harmonson. "The Desert Is A Circle" is a very relaxing number, showcasing' Ben's incredible overdubbing skills. "Attar" is another shining moment, sounding much like music for a dark ritual.

However, it is the 23-minute epic "River of Transfiguration" where Ben has truely allowed to spread his wings. Beginning with a 6 minute ambient drone full of persian ney, gongs, and tone generators, a snare drum breaks the spell, and thus the song begins. When it all kicks in, you get this feeling of being cleasned and washed away. Visions came to me when I heard this song, such as endless flowing water, sheets of flame, and snow-capped mountains. It truly is a visionary piece of work.

I reccomend this album to anyone who enjoys music of any kind. It is the best album of 2006, and one of the best albums I have heard in a long time.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i am reverie: slack of jaw 10 Oct 2006
By toobeayu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Devendra Banhart a while back, and looked into other bands that amazon had linked. Not so much luck. This cd, however, is great, I spun it twice in a row from the first listen. I give it the full 5 stars, it is transporting as true art should be. Fully produced, it retains the campy contact high of the acid folk genre, with song and vocal structure in some tracks, others purely instrumental, hearty east/west string instruments, atmospheric electric guitar, enveloping noise, and a western drum set giving the sense of journey. Uplifted, we walk from the dark night of the soul to awakening.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Six Organs Of Admittance - 'Sun Awakes' (Drag City) 28 Aug 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before a friend talked me into borrowing this CD, I've never even heard of this part space rock, part experimental artist. Turns out it's actually a solo work by Comets Of Fire member guitarist / vocalist Ben Chasney. It's good, if you like this sort of music. Better tracks were "Torn By Wolves", the rhythmic "Black Wall" and the 23-minute "River Of Transfiguration" (perhaps the CD's best cut). Certain listeners MAY get even MORE out of this CD than I did. May appeal to fans of John Fahey, Sun City Girls, Davis Redford Triad and possibly Red Krayola.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The forest will echo with laughter 11 Oct 2006
By Spencer G. Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This music conjures images of misty mountains, smoke rings, and sojourning hobbits. Non-hippie listeners: approach with caution.
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