Sunday, September 24, 2006


Ben Chasny, who is from Comet's on fire has a side project called six organs of admittance, lot's of weird percussion and instrumentation here, the other band OM, uses cyclical rhythm, riff and vocal intonation, the duo’s new album blends metal, chant, drone, dub and psychedelia. Apparently wikipedia says that these two bands are part of a movement called New Weird America, I guess I can buy that. I don't know where I've been. So fans of Devendra Bandhart, Joanna Newsome etc, take note.
There is a huge list of bands and maybe the only thing they have in common is a desire not to be categorized as something else.
I think it's interesting when a band like these decide to do work in this format, because they are pretty much limited to a six minute track at 33 1/3, so they are forced to deal with this time constraint a little and maybe release their radio friendly or entry point material.

OM/SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE "Split" (Holy Mountain - HOLY331761) 7" $5.75

Doomcrunchbuddhafuzzspree. That's what Misha Mengleberg would've called OM's side of this 7-inch single. If you think that once the music hits the air and it can no longer be "contained," then your needle hasn't slid through this groove because it's heavier than a flightless bird. MR. CHASNY doesn't remove anything from the scale either. His side, "Assyrian Blood," contains what seems to be subliminal fuzz/noise blips-like bugs hitting your windshield except that you can hear them. Thankfully they coalesce into a stunning guitar solo that cuts through the chant and goes straight for the jugular.

Get it at Holy Mountain.

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