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Ben Chasny (who also plays guitar with Comets on Fire) has been making records as Six Organs of Admittance since 1998, sprouting from the Northern California woods with all the organic grace and psychotropic promise of a magic mushroom. This, his ninth studio recording and third for Drag City, is a stunning and exquisite work of psychedelic folk, with countless nods to the real thing of the 1960s (strains of Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain," Quicksilver Messenger Service and even Jefferson Airplane, to name a few, come through the mix). Chasny’s excellent, intricate guitar work is reminiscent of John Fahey and Bert Jansch, and his use of sonic texturing and ambient noise is smart and masterful. Opening track “Alone With the Alone” is a brewing storm, swirls of droning sound with beautifully finger-picked acoustic guitar climaxing in a gorgeous crescendo. Elisa Ambroglio’s ethereal vocals accompany Chasny on melancholy tracks like “Strangled Road,” and the slow building, howling “Coming to Get You” is both beautiful and terrifying.  Together, the eight-minute-plus “Final Wing” and the title track feel like the heart of the beast, with hypnotic loops of acoustic guitar circling under gale-force electric guitars heavy with distortion and effects.  Shelter needs to be listened to and admired as a whole piece, as each track seems inextricably linked to the next; it may well be considered a minor masterpiece.

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just a simply awesome album. Some standout tracks for me were "Jade Like Wine," "Coming to Get You," "Final Wing," and "Shelter from the Ash," but there's a lot of good things going on in this record. I definitely recommend it for anyone who's a fan of indie rock.

what a talent

my god what a good record this is. masterful.


This album is freaking phenomenal. I am going to go see them next week and I am very excited.


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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