2007's Shelter From The Ash features a most fluid combination of electric and acoustic Six Organs of Admittance styles. Ben Chasny went into the studio with the songs both in his mind and also demoed out, a different way of working than in previous sessions. Sure, improvisations were still a big part of the sound; within the song structures, they create dynamic sparks from the other side of the inspiration. Additionally, standard tuning played a part for the first time in history - but don't worry, this doesn't mean that Six Organs of Admittance has come in from the drone-storm - far from it!
The man who was once "Torn By Wolves" in an unknown key is now "Coming To Get You," no matter what it takes - with a tuning any man could play, but few would use as he does. The session was conducted in the glamorous confines of San Francisco's Louder Studios, where so many bands have had their hard and heavy essence redefined. Six Organs of Admittance was no exception. Additionally, the session featured such luminaries as The Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio, The Fucking Champs' Tim Green and Chasny's Comets On Fire bandmate Noel Harmonson plus jack of all trades Matt Sweeney pitching in. Six Organs of Admittance has been a collaborative ground in the past, and what happened here is what always happens: an organic oneness, a record very comfortable in its many skins.
"After moving to San Francisco, I decided to record another record with Tim. A lot of this record was written in standard tuning. I was listening to a lot of Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac at the time. Elisa Ambrogio came by the studio and helped out with vocals and some electric guitar overdubs. Matt Sweeney swung by too, with an acoustic guitar, on his way to the airport. He had some sort of amazing chocolate from the Gods that he shared with us. I don't believe in the myth of linear progression.
"I think that subsequent records proved that Six Organs releases are more rhyzomatic in nature and any one can be attached to any other one, in terms of songwriting. Maybe the sound fidelity has progressed a bit, but not always. Noel Von Harmonson, who usually plays noise in Comets, came by the studio to prove his prowess as a drummer, as he did on Sun Awakens. We slowed down the drums on the song "Coming To Get You," inspired by Dale Crover's drums on the Lysol record." - Ben Chasny