Six Organs of Admittance Shelter from the Ash
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- Released: November 20, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Drag City
Rolling Stone - p.70"There is an abundance of cleansing guitar fire, especially in the hovering howl of 'Final Wing'..."
Spin - p.1253 stars out of 5 -- "[With] transcendent drones and trippy, Eastern-inspired guitar figures..."
Uncut - p.984 stars out of 5 -- "Chasny flexes his muscle on scorching electric guitar solos on 'Strangled Road' and centrepiece 'Coming To Get You'."
Alternative Press - p.1314 stars out of 5 -- "[Chasny] proves his haunting acoustic melodies are just getting better with age. His ethereal duet with the Magik Marker's Elisa Ambrogio on 'Strangled Road' is gorgeous..."
The Wire - p.52"Chasny's songcraft now more than matches his guitar smarts; he writes here in a strange kind of personal cabbala, odd, gnarly little scenarios of loss and redemption..."
CMJ"Over the course of eight songs, Chasny vacillates between subtle acoustic fret calisthenics, portentous, leaden freak-outs and both, at times, within a matter of seconds....Certainly his most accomplished."
Q (Magazine) - p.1243 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he unearthly dawn chorus of 'Jade Like Wine' or the ritual freakout of 'Goddess Atonement' leave you yearning for a solstice to celebrate."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1004 stars out of 5 -- "[An] impressive cocktail of Eastern-inflected drones, mantra-like vocals and thick slabs of empyrean noise guitar."
Harp (magazine) (p.106) - "ASH plays like a consciously constructed sequel to SUN....The songs are towering and cavernously arranged..."
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Personnel: Ben Chasny (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, organ, percussion); Elisa Ambrogio (vocals, guitar); Matt Sweeney (acoustic guitar); Tim Green (electric guitar, organ, Wurlitzer organ, vibraphone); Noel von Harmonson (drums).
Recording information: Louder Studios (2007).
Six Organs of Admittance have always been at the forefront of the psych-folk revival in the '00s by virtue of Ben Chasny's incredibly accomplished guitar playing. While most acts in the movement were content with leaning on a chanted vocal or open chord, Chasny put a muscular edge into his drones with dizzyingly complex tablature. SHELTER FROM THE ASH continues this remarkable string of records with a song cycle built on the interlocking of intense acoustic- and explosive electric-guitar melodies. The record alternates between Chasny's essentially solo acoustic compositions, such as the beautifully menacing "Jade Like Wine," and full-throttle, full-band workouts such as the title track, a mesmerizing twin guitar blast that'll bore new chakras into listeners' skulls.
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