Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Six Organs of Admittance - RTZ (2009)

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For fans of: Natural Snow Buildings, Steven R. Smith, John Fahey

Do you think music should demand something from the listener, like full attention, or should it not demand anything and be able to easily entertain without much thought involved? Here is a set of songs that don't do much for me when I don't give them much attention and just let them hover in the background, but when I really focus on the drones and chimes and such and let the chanting and guitar strums glide over, it can be absolutely exhilarating. There are many great moments within this set of nearly 20 minute long songs that make it a prime example of drone or psychedelic folk that will certainly be one to return to when I want something that can act as a sort of meditation. The first 5 minutes of "Punish the Chasms With Wings" blew me away, it's a fantastic ambient/drone intro that I would have liked to see expanded into something much longer and larger. RTZ is full of despair and seems like a hint as to what the end of one's life might be like. - Matthew Foster

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