Six Organs of Admittance

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Tags: folk experimental psychedelic freak folk new weird america psychedelic folk seen live indie Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Often marrying intricate and accomplished acoustic guitar work with a layered, discordant but carefully placed blare of distorted electric guitars, the brooding psychedelic folk of Ben Chasny (California, USA; ex-Plague Lounge) was built on contradictions. Founded in McKinleyville, Northern California, in 1998, Six Organs Of Admittance was essentially a Chasny solo project that began with an experimental self-titled debut that nodded towards both the bright, improvisational technique of John Fahey and the morose, repetitive song sketches of the enigmatic Jandek. At once calming and unsettling, Chasny’s music was inextricably linked with what became loosely termed ‘freak folk’, but also found favour with devotees of the avant garde London, England-based magazine The Wire. Filled with a concoction of Eastern and Western symbolism and tradition, Chasny maintained an almost shamanic mysticism by borrowing from diverse interpretations of spirituality. He...

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