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If there were one track that completely illustrated the strange and mystical magic that is Six Organs of Admittance, "Manifestation" is it. Issued on vinyl in a numbered, limited edition of 500 in 1999, "Manifestation" is a single 22-minute track. (The other side of the record was an etched drawing of the sun.) Raga-like in its meandering textures and meditative quality, yet utterly different because of its lack of fixed rhythms, Six Organs is Ben Chasny and bandmates Jennifer Juniper Stratford, and percussionist and electronics whiz Utrillo Kushner (from Comets on Fire, of which Chasny is now a full-time member.) The sheer drift and wander of "Manifestation" is dreamy, but not in any ambient way. It is a music that is active, participatory and engaged. It moves through musical universes harmonically, dynamically, and texturally. Electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, electronics, droning voices, and sounds from the ether approach, reside for a time, and move off into other directions, inviting other ones to take their places. There is gentleness and tension, emergence and disappearance, change being the only constant until it enters into silence. This is one of those recordings that cannot be heard the same way twice; and in its ethereal unimposing heart, it is the sound of essence that is at once familiar and wholly other, like nature itself.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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 vinyl-only release consisting of one extended piece (it was reissued by Strange Attractors on CD in 2004 with...
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