Six Organs of Admittance is back with a new record, new techniques in sound generation, and a new energy. Arriving three years after Burning the Threshold, Companion Rises has a driving force only hinted at previously.
Methodologically, Companion Rises sometimes recalls the early-mid lo-fi Six Organs records, with digital processes substituting for the analog techniques of yore and, instead of Ben's hand percussion overdubs, algorithmic programs generating rhythms. Ben created all sounds and programs, did all the recording and mixed the entire record, also like some earlier ones - but don't mistake this for a simplistic return to an older sound. Just one listen makes it clear that this new Six Organs of Admittance release is entirely in the present.
Sonically, Ben's songs are bursting with ideas, harmonically rich, gorgeously arranged;utilizing synthesizer and guitar distortion for unique coloring effects while crafting contrasting versions of the song within itself, overlaying electric and acoustic treatments that interlock like two shards to form a single key. The rush of excitement is palpable, track after track.
Thematically, Companion Rises navigates a similar Stellar-Gnosticism as 2012's Ascent, while exploring 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 old new age presentation tropes and embraces the now. One thinks of Octavio Paz's oft-used metaphor of the concentric circle, as Companion Rises returns to a similar place but much farther out from the center.
With Companion Rises, Ben has created a Sci-Folk record that feels very much right-place, right-time as we welcome in the new decade. Listen to the first single "Two Forms Moving" above and preorder the new LP for February 21st!
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