Six Organs Of Admittance The Sun Awakens on LP
2006's The Sun Awakens stands as the darkest Six Organs of Admittance yet. In addition to titling songs like "Black Wall" and "Torn by Wolves," Ben Chasny has also brought a bit more electric guitar into the mix to help bring out the darkness. Tim Green is behind the board making sure that everything sounds rock-solid, and the acoustics are brilliant, almost blinding. Side one is a six-song circle where waves of guitars build and beauty is betrayed by madness...in the prettiest possible way.
Side two is a trip down the droning "River of Transfiguration." The inspiration here is Hermann Nitsch. You might hear Popul Vuh as an influence too, as well as Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. Overall though, Six Organs of Admittance doesn't believe in the critical myth that an artist who flirts with the obscure needs to consolidate their experimental tendencies into more and more listenable music in order to expand the envelope of what pop music can be. He doesn't believe in a linear aesthetic trajectory either.
"The second record for Drag City. I wrote this while living in Oakland and recorded it in San Francisco with Tim Green at Louder Studios. It's a conscious attempt to not ride the wave of acoustic music that was getting popular at the time, perhaps shooting myself in the foot. Tim had a lot of great ideas, such as wiring a dimmer switch to a leslie speaker so that we could use it to adjust the rate of the speaker as I played through it. We ended up running a lot of vocals through that leslie as well. The last song on the record was recorded with a great many friends that showed up to the studio one day, such as Rob Fisk, Al Cisneros, Ethan Miller, and Noel Von Harmonson. One person to play on the record was an old friend from my days working at Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz, John Connell. John played the Ney and Daf on the record." - Ben Chasny