Boomkat Product Review:
Quite at odds with the oddly asymmetric structuring of Ben Chasny's last album, The Sun Awakens (which had a number of short-ish tracks on the A-side and one vast monster of an epic jam on the flip), this latest Six Organs venture sounds marvellously album-like, with a beautifully threaded sequence of cosmic folk ragas, outré guitar drones and most importantly, first-class songs. Chasny is joined by Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio on guitar, vocals and what is commonly termed 'vibes', but as tends to be the case in these instances Chasny's own performance demands the listener's focus. Rather than thieving from the John Fahey sound as tends to be de rigueur, Chasny references the ornate acoustic constructions of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham for his acoustic compositions whilst wailing mercilessly when he plugs into an amp. Consequently, on Shelter From The Ash you hear a far more earnest, much heavier example of the contemporary psych-folk sound. Frankly, as tends to be the case, Six Organs proves to be several cuts above the usual folk-influenced crowd. Songs such as 'Jade Like Wine' and the Ambrogio-led 'Goodbye' come across like Pentangle lost in some haunted cave, whilst 'Goddess Atonement' is an unreasonably virtuosic instrumental piece which manages to sound both compositionally accomplished and technically bewildering. Amazing material, start to finish.