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Six Organs of Admittance - Hexadic (Drag City)

5 March 2015

Guitarist Ben Chasney has show many sides in his primary musical project Six Organs of Admittance. From the laser focused For Octavio Paz and School of the Flower to the more varied sounds of Ascent, Chasney constantly challenges himself and his listeners. His newest album, Hexadic, is no different and in many ways may be the most diverse Six Organs of Admittance album to date.

“The Ram” comes first with stuttered drums pushing and pulling while guitar and bass pluck out primitive riffs. Think of it as a drunken version of Sun City Girls’ “Radio Morocco.” The raga inspired “Hesitant Grand Light” is a welcomed interlude from the snarl of its predecessors. “Future Verbs” and “Guild” stand to be the most compelling tracks on the LP, both conveying that tragic charm found on all the best ECM recordings.

Hexadic finds Chasney allowing himself room to freely express the boundaries of Six Organs of Admittance. Like Proust said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”