Compathia

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All Music Guide - Jason Nickey
With Compathia, Ben Chasny takes Six Organs of Admittance further in the direction of "songs" in the traditional sense as opposed to extended, largely instrumental, raga-like jams. Assuredly, these aren't pop songs, but they are, most definitely, songs. With Dark Noontide, Six Organs' previous effort, Chasny's folky eastern melodies were balanced by his chant-like moan. But with Compathia, he sings on every track save one, the brief title track which functions as a beautiful instrumental breather mid-album. His voice is also noticeably pushed forward in the mix, and the songs themselves are less cluttered by percussion and other instruments, further emphasizing Chasny's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Nickey
With Compathia, Ben Chasny takes Six Organs of Admittance further in the direction of "songs" in the traditional sense as opposed to extended, largely instrumental, raga-like jams. Assuredly, these aren't pop songs, but they are, most definitely, songs. With Dark Noontide, Six Organs' previous effort, Chasny's folky eastern melodies were balanced by his chant-like moan. But with Compathia, he sings on every track save one, the brief title track which functions as a beautiful instrumental breather mid-album. His voice is also noticeably pushed forward in the mix, and the songs themselves are less cluttered by percussion and other instruments, further emphasizing Chasny's singing and lyrics. As a result, Compathia almost recasts Six Organs of Admittance as a recording outfit: more of a psychedelic singer/songwriter outing now than a largely instrumental drone-raga folk concern. John Fahey,Robbie Basho, and Sandy Bull still come to mind when it comes to Chasny's playing, but he has simplified his style -- in a good way -- accomplishing more with less. A dark, orphic guitar figure rings though each track as Chasny tells us for example to "run from nightmares" from "Run!" in a voice that sounds like it knows what it's talking about. With Compathia, Six Organs could be thought of as Devendra Banhart's sober, less whimsical companion. Note: Ethan Miller from Comets on Fire contributes sitar to "Somewhere Between," as well as a searing burst of electric guitar to the album-ending "Only the Sun Knows" the clear standout track, perhaps in repayment for Chasny's appearance on Comets' 2002 release, Field Recordings from the Sun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Holy Mountain
  • UPC: 655035661421
  • Catalog Number: 82614
  • Sales rank: 184,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Close to the Sky (3:40)
  2. 2 Run! (3:50)
  3. 3 Wind in My Palm (5:10)
  4. 4 Somewhere Between (6:13)
  5. 5 Compathía (1:40)
  6. 6 Gone Astray (5:38)
  7. 7 Hum a Silent Prayer (2:29)
  8. 8 Only the Sun Knows (11:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Six Organs of Admittance Primary Artist
Ray Hildebrand Bells
Ben Chasny Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bells, electronics, Group Member
Ethan Miller Guitar, Sitar
Ryan Hildebrand Bells
Technical Credits
Steven Wray Lobdell Mastering
Ben Chasny Composer
Ryan Hildebrand Sound Effects
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