Six Organs of Admittance (aka Ben Chasny) is back after three years, with a new record - Companion Rises - with new...
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Six Organs of Admittance (aka Ben Chasny) is back after three years, with a new record - Companion Rises - with new techniques in sound generation, and a new attitude. Companion Rises has a driving force only hinted at on previous releases. Manipulating the rhythmic DNA from songs such as the bass dominated 'Taken by Ascent' (on his last record, Burning the Threshold), Ben has grown a new sound creature in his lab that is as welcoming as it is terrifying and as fun to listen to as it provocative and intriguing.
Companion Rises sometimes recalls the early-mid low-fi work of Six Organs, with modern techniques changing up digital processes for the analog techniques of those early days, and algorithmic programs creating the rhythms, rather than Ben’s overdubbed hand percussion. Like those early records, Companion Rises finds Chasny creating all the sounds, doing all the recording and mixing of the entire record himself. Do not mistake this for a return to an older sound however. One listen and it is obvious that this Six Organs of Admittance release is very much in the present. One thinks of Octavio Paz’s oft used metaphor of the concentric circle, as Companion Rises returns to a similar place but is much further out from the centre.
Sonically, Ben’s songs are bursting with ideas, harmonically rich, gorgeously arranged; often presenting two versions at once, overlaying electric and acoustic treatments that interlock like two shards forming a single key. Thematically, many songs on Companion Rises seem to navigate a similar Stellar-Gnosticism that 2012’s Ascent explored, but with a completely different set of stories. Whereas Ascent was locked into a narrative concerning a sentient Jupiter, Companion Rises presents a handful of folk-tales whose topics span in scope from panspermia to specific constellations, all written in a way that eschews new age presentation tropes and embraces the now. With Companion Rises, Ben has created a Sci-Folk record that feels totally in the right place welcoming in the new decade.
1.Pacific 2.Two Forms Moving 3.The Scout Is Here 4.Black Tea 5.Companion Rises 6.The 101 7.Haunted And Known 8.Mark Yourself 9.Worn Down to the Light