THURSDAY
April 30, 2020 | doors at 8:00pm
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OK Productions presents:
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
CANCELLED - Will come back in 2021

“Obviously the 6 Organs tour in April and May for Companion Rises will not be happening now. Hopefully there will be an opportunity after this mess to go out again. If so, I’ll be on it. Was looking forward to seeing friends all across this country. We’ll do it another time when it is time. Thanks to everyone who worked on the tour and be safe. -Ben”
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Six Organs of Admittance
Six Organs of Admittance is back after 3
years with a new record, new techniques
in sound generation, and a new attitude.
Companion Rises has a driving force only
hinted at with previous releases. Manipulating the rhythmic DNA from songs such
as the bass-dominated “Taken by Ascent”
(on his last record, Burning the Threshold), Ben Chasny has grown a new sound
creature in his lab that is as welcoming as
it is terrifying and as fun to listen to as it
provocative and intriguing.
Methodologically, Companion Rises sometimes recalls the early-mid low-fi work of
Six Organs, with modern techniques
swapping digital processes in for the analog ways of the early days, and algorithmic
programs creating the rhythms rather than
Ben’s overdubbed hand percussion. Also
like those early records, Companion Rises
has Ben creating all the sounds, doing all
the recording and mixing the entire record
himself. But do not mistake this as some
sort of return to an older sound. One listen and it is obvious that this Six Organs of Admittance release
is all in the present. One thinks of Octavio Paz’s oft-used metaphor of the concentric circle, as Companion
Rises returns to a similar place but is much farther out from the center.
Sonically, Ben’s songs are bursting with ideas, harmonically rich, gorgeously arranged; often presenting
two versions at once, overlaying electric and acoustic treatments that interlock like two shards that form
a single key. Companion Rises plays like a mutant joining of avant and good-time forces, as if Faust
produced The Revolution instead of Prince, or This Heat recorded on top of Amon DüüI’s classic
“Paramechanical World,” but left a few of the original tracks to bleed through. Waves of electric fields
wash across the record like a charged Pacific Ocean and guitar solos slice through at various intervals in
a warped and fractured way of shreddage, not totally unlike the imagined sound of Eddie Hazel jacking
into the CPU in Tron.
Thematically, many songs on Companion Rises seem to navigate a similar Stellar-Gnosticism that 2012’s
Ascent explored, but with a completely different set of stories. Whereas Ascent was locked into a narrative
concerning a sentient Jupiter, Companion Rises presents a handful of folk-tales whose topics span in
scope from panspermia to specific constellations, all written in a way that eschews new age presentation
tropes and embraces the now. With Companion Rises, Ben has created a Sci-Folk record that feels totally
in the right place welcoming in the new decade.
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