Six Organs Of Admittance Luminous Night on LP
Through dark days and glowing nights, Six Organs of Admittance continues to step to the far rim of the world with purposeful strides. Indeed, new horizons are visible throughout 2009's Luminous Night. Be it in the face of spiritual crisis or catharsis, Ben Chasny as Six Organs refuses to stagnate, or to evolve in predictable fashion; in response, he keeps moving on. This is the first Six Organs of Admittance albums with such a lengthy gap between it and its former number.
Six Organs of Admittance is such a singular experience that it is sometimes easy to forget that Ben was the lead guitarist in Comets On Fire, as well as a songwriter and guitarist for Current 93's Black Ships Ate The Sky album and half of the pan-Pacific psych-folk duo August Born. But clearly, Chasny knows heavy, having grown through times of heavy and times of light. And in answer to the question what's heavier, a pound of rock or a pound of feathers, Six Organs of Admittance has devised this for Luminous Night: a pound of rock covered with a pound of feathers - twice as heavy, but feathery light to the human eye.
With Luminous Night, Chasny's working with some heavy dudes, like producer Randall Dunn and Eyvind Kang, whose sound on viola shines with a guiding glow throughout the album. The other invaluable contributors to the album are Hans Teuber on flute, Tor Dietrichson on tabla, Matt Chamberlin on drums, and Dave Abramson on percussion. Occupying their spots with care, they've collaborated to create something rich and vibrant, aching and new, in the world of Six Organs of Admittance.
The arc of Luminous Night is wide as the sky, commencing with a stirring instrumental evocation of the Greek myth of poor Actaeon before flowing into the vocal, the vengeful, the ancient, the divine and celestial, scored with guitars, bass, viola, flute, tabla, electronics and synthesizer, as well as a buried-in-the-rain-soaked-earth-of-Seattle-then-exhumed four-track cassette that formed the basis of the instrumental "Cover Your Wounds With the Sky." For its blanketing sound, Luminous Night draws inspiration from such cinematic sources as Jodorowky's El Topo soundtrack and the scores of Kurosawa's samurai films, but is at the same time music that could only have come from the singular sound world of Six Organs of Admittance.
"This one was recorded with Seattle producer Randall Dunn while I was living in that city in 2009. Randall had a never ending supply of great ideas, such as putting a contact mic on the acoustic and running it through an echoplex and amp in another room. Randall suggested a few Seattle musicians to play on the record, including Eyvind Kang, who recorded violin on the record and as far as I am concerned, makes the record. Watching Eyvind work was truly inspiring. The guy breathes music. For one song on the record, "Cover Your Wounds With The Sky", I recorded a drone on a 4-track cassette and buried it in my front yard at the beginning of Autumn. Toward the middle of Winter, when we started recording, we dug up the tape and hooked the 4-track up to a Sunn full stack, turned it up and recorded that." - Ben Chasny