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Six Organs Of Admittance - Asleep in the Floodplan

  by Maarten Schiethart

published: 26 / 5 / 2011

Six Organs Of Admittance - Asleep in the Floodplan
Label: Drag City
Format: CD


Relaxed and accomplished folk-rock on latest album from American experimental group, Six Organs of Admittance

In support of the plight for artistic freedom, the album 'Asleep In The Floodplan' wanders about a lot; it connects acoustic drone compositions and dexterous, precise and harp-like finger pickings on guitar. As the saying goes, the devil has work for idle hands, and Six Organs of Admittance keep busy, while mainaining their (kn)own tranquil mood. Before this album gets underway, you have to crawl through a lot of well-manicured folky post-rock. First moments of captivating eeriness only appear on track eight; 'S/Word and Leviathan' - which suggests something biblical; so you better do not ask me about it. On this comes a freaky workout like you would expect from Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, yet quickly enough though the mood changes back to calmness, similar to John Fahey. Often enough, SOoA remind of a lesser type of Love, the band lead by Arthur Lee. As so often impersonators and imposters do, the references and influences are plainly obvious to the ears of an old fart like me. There is nothing wrong in taking from such giant bands as Love and SOoA simply enjoy playing that style of relaxed and accomplished folk-rock, no matter how out of time. I like the vocal tracks best, as Chasny's voice can produce memorable melody lines just like he can on guitar. 'Asleep In The Floodplan' only suits a lazy sunny afternoon or evening. Some music is so impertinent, it can change your mood. 'Asleep In The Floodplan' brings about imaginative relaxation.

Track Listing:-
1 Above A Desert I've Never Seen
2 Light Of The Light
3 Brilliant Blue Sea Between Us
4 Saint Of Fishermen
5 Hold But Let Go
6 River Of My Youth
7 Poppies
8 S/Word And Leviathan
9 A New Name On An Old Cement Bridge
10 Dawn, Running Home

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Interview (2007)
Six Organs Of Admittance - Interview
Guitarist Ben Chasny, who also plays in Comets on Fire and lots of other act, talks to Dominic Simpson about his psych-folk project Six Organs of Admittance and its new album, 'Shelter from the Ash'

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93 Feet East, London, 26/11/2007
Six Organs Of Admittance - 93 Feet East, London, 26/11/2007
At 93 Feet East in London, Dominic Simpson watches psych-folk act Six Organs of Admittance play a contemplative, but subdued and somewhat too restrained set to promote 'Shelter from the Ash', their much acclaimed latest album


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