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Six Organs Of Admittance | Burning The Threshold

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Six Organs Of Admittance | Burning The Threshold


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In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic Six Organs Of Admittance music since 2012’s ‘Ascent’, Ben Chasny had a think about what he’d be saying in his own tongue for the first time in a half-decade. ‘Burning The Threshold’ brings a wealth of Six Organs-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing while thinking of birds in the morning, anarchy, Third Ear Band, Gaston Bachelard, The Gnostics, Ronnie Lane and / or The Faces, Deleuze, Aaron Cheak, Odysseus, This Heat, Takoma Records, St Eustace, Dark Noontide and a lot more than that, with all the thoughts affixed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infinite space.

The space radiates out from the album’s first moment, with ‘Things As They Are’, a song examining the life of poet Wallace Stevens. Ben’s currently working on music for a theatrical work about Stevens’ life set to debut in Cleveland later in 2017. The empathetic waves generated by this song resonate throughout the album, giving a new dimension to the music of Six Organs Of Admittance.

Like so many other Six Organs records, ‘Burning The Threshold’ was created mostly solo but features the singing talents of Alex Nielsen, Haley Fohr and Damon & Naomi; the drumming of Chris Corsano; a guitar duet with Ryley Walker and keys and mixing from Cooper Crain.

With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow but with a laugh rising up from its heart, ‘Burning The Threshold’ brings us a powerful draught of essence.

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