Six Organs of Admittance
Sunday 11th June 2017
Doors 8:00 pm
Price £12 + booking fee / £16
Inspired by the East-meets-West solo guitar musings of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, former Plague Lounge guitarist Ben Chasny formed Six Organs of Admittance, part of the “new weird America” sound, featuring deft finger-picking and heady psychedelic drones. His latest album ‘Burning the Threshold'(out on Drag City) has received critical acclaim, a powerful draught of musical essence.
Six Organs of Admittance is the primary musical project of North Californian guitarist Ben Chasny. Created in 1998, Chasny’s music is largely virtuosically guitar-based, marked by the use of drones, chimes, and eclectic percussive elements. His acclaimed albums have mainly been released by the legendary Drag City, which includes label mates Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart.
Chasny is also a member of the psychedelic band Comets on Fire, and has working relationships with Badgerlore, Current 93, and Magik Markers. Six Organs of Admittance also released a song exclusively on the 2004 new folk compilation record The Golden Apples of the Sun which was compiled exclusively by Devendra Banhart.
His latest album ‘Burning the Threshold’ was created mostly solo, but features the singing talents of Alex Nielson (Trembling Bells), Haley Fohr and Damon and Naomi; the drumming of Chris Corsano; a guitar duet with Ryley Walker, and keys and mixing from Cooper Crain. With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. The gentleness found here, balanced on top of his classical asceticism, provides much of what we need in 2017 and beyond: love, forgiveness, reality and an ever-wider view, with the understanding of our circular path in this lifetime. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, ‘Burning the Threshold’ brings us a powerful draught of essence.
“Keeping close to Chasny’s vision, Burning The Threshold offers a beautiful way into his far-out world.” – Q Magazine ****
“Though it ranks among Chasny’s most gentle records, Burning the Threshold nonetheless accommodates a large supporting cast of avant-rock all stars who lend these intimately scaled songs a greater dimension.” – Pitchfork ****
Support comes from:
Brighton-based artist, Kristin McClement’s debut album The Wild Grips has been steadily gaining attention since it’s release on Brighton’s Willkommen Records.
Alongside artists such as PJ Harvey and Gillian Welch, Kristin is inspired by the songs of Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. Her music reflects a mood of displacement, the feeling of being adrift in a complex world. But there is also a call for help and a reach for hope in the acceptance of our fragile nature. What ultimately holds her work together is its perspective – that nature is all powerful yet we will forever seek to defy it.
Kristin has performed across the UK and Europe alongside notable acts such as Benjamin Clementine, Sam Lee, Kathryn Joseph and The Weather Station.
“Weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.” Gold Flake Paint
“A debut album of gravitas and maturity which should secure her reputation as a songwriter and musician of depth and character.” Folk Radio UK
”The Wild Grips is an extraordinary collection of mournful yet beautifully crafted and poetic songs, with McClement’s deep resonant voice dominant throughout.” Brighton Music Blog
Marcus Hamblett is a musician from Brighton, UK. Working primarily with the electric guitar and electronics, his live show sees him combining free improvisation with collage in a way that hints at Gastr Del Sol, Tortoise and Zs. The Quietus wrote his music “could be called post-rock if it didn’t also sound pre-rock, or maybe as if rock had never happened and folk, modern jazz and the classical avant-garde had merged into a stream of hip, innovative music to soundtrack the changes and discontents of the second half of the twentieth century instead, and Joe Meek had dug John Cage. ” He has toured Europe supporting Timber Timbre and LNZNDRF and collaborated with James Holden, Mark Holub and many more. He also plays in many bands including Sons of Noel and Adrian and Eyes & No Eyes.
“While clearly chiselled into precise form, Hamblett captures this sensation of thoughts in urgent and seamless flow, casting ribbons of swooping melody and gentle, emotive adjustments in dynamic. In this way, he sometimes dips toward the jazz inflections of TNT-era Tortoise; at other points, I hear a skittish impersonation of the fingerplucked streams of James Blackshaw.” ATTN Magazine
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