Six Organs of Admittance recently released Asleep On The Floodplain deriving from San Francisco pshych-folk rocker Ben Chasny. Asleep On The Floodplain mark’s his 12th album and composed in his home studio which has also produced other fine works including his most fascinating full-lengths Dark Noontide, Compathia, Dust & Chimes. Asleep On The Floodplain is Chasny’s return to the simplicity of an Americana man and his trusty acoustic guitar. A beautifully peaceful album that’s focal point is Chasny’s guitar picking skills which only beckon to be left to their own sublime brilliance and minimalism.
The first song on the album “Above a Desert That I Have Never Seen” sets a mood for the 10 song LP, a quiet, slow-paced, almost eerie-like feel which Chasny commits to through the remainder of the album, minus the song “20 Levianthan” which evokes more chaos with harmonic tones rather than the calmness seen so far by changing the beat of the tunes to liven up the album before ending it on a relatively somber note. The stand out star of the album is “River Of My Youth” with guest appearance by Elisa Ambrogio, a seemingly haunting yet hypnotic song that is as much addictive as it is beautiful.
Six Organs of Admittance always seem to be up to something new and unique pairing it with a level of gentleness and simplicity that is always proving to be successful in the musical execution. Asleep On The Floodplain is no exception, a rare album that will find it’s place easily among fans.