Ben Chasny continues to draw on his self-devised quasi-mystic system of charts and cards to produce Hexadic II, a totally different Six Organs Of Admittance album to Hexadic. These pieces focus on acoustic instruments, exploring space and sound in inscrutable ways. Released as a vinyl LP or as a cassette, on Drag City.

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Hexadic II by Six Organs of Admittance
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8/10 Robin 19 November 2015

Despite his staunch improvisational chops and our image of him as American Primitivism’s greatest contemporary, Ben Chasny has twisted his Six Organs of Admittance project through at least one third of the left-turns of Richard Youngs career. He’s psyched up, he’s shredded, and on his predecessing record, ‘Hexadic’, he trod on the ground ‘til his own brand of doom metal came out. Multitudes? You’d best believe this dude has them.

Now that you know that, we can revert to the music of ‘Hexadic II’, which normalises the Six Organs style after a period of stylistic unrest. Here, Chasny mainly improvises around his acoustic guitar, occasionally mumbling vocals with the same meandering haziness. When he’s playing his signature music, Chansy’s music has a tendency to sound a melancholic kind of hopeless: there’s a darkness folded into every moment of silence that occurs between his nimble, rapid fret-runs. Combining with his vocal, which consists of hums and indecipherable lyrical chants, this record becomes a droning lament, the guitar picks never quite finding a satisfying conclusion.

It’s easy to get infatuated with the accidental developments of this record, such as the gorgeous combination of ambience, voice and cascading plucked guitar on “Cut Angle”, which retains Chasny’s contradictory qualities: it sounds both like a happy accident and a perfect plan. Always one for the narrative serendipity, this dude.



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