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Six Organs Of Admittance: Hexadic


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From the press release:
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Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny has a restless intellect, which has regularly guided the progress of his creation. A lyrical mastery of acoustic finger-picking would be enough to build a body of work for most musicians; this is just the stepping-off point for Ben. From the earliest days of private-press psych home recordings, Six Organs of Admittance has sought out alternative spaces in which to make music and has challenged his audience to keep up with his rapid advances into new terrain. Over the last two years, Ben has assembled a comprehensive system of musical composition. Designed to free sound and language from rational order and replace calculation with indeterminacy, the Hexadic System is a catalyst to extinguish patterns and generate new means of chord progressions and choices. The System builds all of the tonal fields, chord changes, scales, and lyrics on this record, creating the framework for the songs with which the musicians engage. Yet the System is open; within the framework,
 Chasny’s own personal aesthetics – such as the production mode of loud guitars, the order of songs, the editing of length – were all conscious decisions made to communicate the pieces. The exact same combinatorial patterns used on this record can create infinite results, depending on the choices of the individual. Ben’s years of study have produced an operational agent that has not only built all the songs on Hexadic but is also a system anyone can use to restructure their ways of habit. The first thing one notices when listening to Hexadic is how unhinged it all sounds. The album brews and boils with an ominously dark tone in a desolate space, somehow dense with energy, guitar overdriven past the point of sanity, slamming drum accents, vocals cutting through in what seems to be comprised of another, as yet unheard, language. Yet, inside the apparent wild abandon and destruction is a strict internal logic of construction that unveils itself upon listening. This is the majestic dialectic of Hexadic. The Sabbathian opening processional of “The Ram” is a call to another way of believing, but not the tired old satanic one. Instead, this is a system that gives power back to the people. This was a goal: to make heavy music with as few “heavy” signifiers as possible. The ones that are left: volume, distortion. The dynamic pastoral pieces that conclude the album, “Vestige,” and “Guild,” reflect on the possibility of synergistic ecstasy while acting as live demonstrations of the chaotic logic of the combinatorial/stochastic method. Even the slashing hardcore/nihil-wave onslaught of “Maximum Hexadic,” takes a backseat to the system, here operated in its tightest, briefest structure. Recording with Ben on Hexadic as Six Organs Of Admittance are his old Comets on Fire compartiot Noel Von Harmonson on drums, as well as his partner in Badgerlore, Rob Fisk, and San Francisco psych legend Charlie Saufley on bass.”
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Hexadic is out now on Drag City; listen to “Wax Chance” below.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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