Six Organs of Admittance – Asleep on the Floodplain

January 01, 1970

(Drag City)


For the
first three songs, Ben Chasny evokes the elements, infusing acoustically-picked
“Above a Desert I’ve Never Seen” with a dry, sandblown heat, shining unearthly
radiance into soft-sung “Light of the Light” and drenching “Brilliant Blue Sea
Between Us” with a watery, wavery oscillation. Chasny ditches earthly reference
points altogether in the 12-plus minute “S/Word and Leviathan.” The track is
unsettling, beginning in a high, hammering jangle which continues through the
entire track, the song thickening as it goes. Some listeners may find transport
here; most will be bored and irritated. Far better to focus on the disc’s
luminous solo guitar tracks or the ephemerally lovely shorter songs. “Hold But
Let Go,” in particularly, is light as air but firmly grounded. While Chasny’s
voice floats over itself in smoke-wisp layers of counterparts, regular picking
steadies the composition. Let go, yes, into airy realms of spiritual
enlightenment, but don’t forget to hold onto something.



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