Six Organs Of Admittance Asleep On The Floodplain on LP
Comprised of ten blissful, primarily acoustic tunes, a delicacy wafts forth from Asleep On The Floodplain, the 2011 album by Six Organs Of Admittance. After 2009's sonically dense Luminous Night, Ben Chasny returned to the familiar environs of home recording to sculpt and assemble this batch of jams, freeing himself from the restrictions and deadlines studios might normally impose upon a song. Thus creating a living nest in which this material could grow and breathe, the album took longer to complete but sounds effortless - and bright with light.
Much of Asleep On The Floodplain draws on imagery from Chasny's youth, a time spent in Elk River. "Dawn, Running Home" remembers sleep-overs in a friend's tree-fort and the subsequent morning return to Ben's own house. He wrote "Above a Desert I've Never Seen" while bed-ridden for a week. "Hold But Let Go" was meant for a film, but never used. Maintaining Six Organs' penchant for cameos, Elisa Ambrogio contributes to "River of My Youth" and the theopoetics of Catherine Keller resonate on "S/Word and Leviathan" while Gaston Bachelard's poetics of reverie are felt throughout the record.
"This one was my move back to home-recording. I did half the album on 4 track cassette and the other half on computer. To smooth out the sound Randall Dunn and I went to London Bridge Studios in Seattle to mix it. Much of the record was recorded in my kitchen in Seattle. The sound at the beginning of the last song, Dawn, Running Home, is the sound of my tea kettle warming up on the stove. The title for the record comes from a recurring dream I have of the area where I grew up being flooded, as it actually often did in the winter. The track "S/word and Leviathan" began life in San Francisco as an improvised Saz piece from an instrument I was borrowing from Iambi Eras Logo." - Ben Chasny