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The Sun Awakens,
This review is from: The Sun Awakens (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. It's a lot spookier than the rest of the album and in that respect, doesn't fit right in with the other tracks, especially as there's no hint of an acoustic guitar in there. It's mostly tape drone, effects and electric guitar with a section of scattered drumming and chant-like vocals. It's definitely something to get absorbed in. It's way better than that awful title track from School of the Flower anyway.
The Sun Awakens is a good album but I'm not sure it beats School of the Flower, we'll have to see. Definitely worth a purchase by all types of music lover.