New Six Organs Of Admittance – “The Ballad Of Charley Harper”

Six Organs Of Admittance’s forthcoming Luminous Night was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn, who’s manned the boards for Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room, and most recently Sunn O)))’s Monoliths & Dimensions, to name a few. It makes perfect sense to pair Dunn’s knack for layering dark, deep soundscapes with Ben Chasny’s ability to transform his psychedelic, folky, and finger-picked guitars and distinctive somnambulant vocals in otherworldly excursions. Add guest spots by Eyvind Kang (on viola), Hans Tueber, Tor Dietrichson (tabla), Matt Chamberlin (drums, percussion), etc., and you have yourself one of Six Organs’ most gorgeous collections in a line of gorgeous collections. (Full disclosure: Ben and I are friends, though this stuff would be just as beautiful if we were enemies.) See, for instance, “The Ballad Of Charley Harper,” a smeary 5-minute acoustic-and-distorted trek in honor of the Cincinnati wildlife artist that perfectly matches (and echoes) Luminous Night’s tree-lined album art.

Six Organs Of Admittance – “The Ballad of Charley Harper” (MP3)

Luminous Night is out 8/18 via Drag City. Chasny has a lot of other things in the pot as well, including a limited-edition split 12″ with Azul on the seminal PSF label, a Six Organs TAB book, and a fall tour with OM and Lichens:

10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
10/12 – Boston, MA @ Institute of Contemporary Art
10/13 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/16 – Chapel Hill, NC @ TBD
10/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl