Encompassing and surpassing everything that was American Primitive guitar and freeq-folk, Ben Chasny and his Six Organs of Admittance continue to record weird, acoustic-based compositions pushing drones on unsuspecting Western audiences. It’s not just Chasny’s guitar that makes his recordings so unique, but the man’s sense of production, which can include anything from one-off bells to the double tracking of his—occasionally mic’d from inside and outside the body simply to catch the aches and moans of a well-traveled piece of wood. Releasing an album for each year over the last decade hasn’t precluded the guitarist from collabos with free-jazzer Chris Corsano and Sun City Girls’ Richard Bishop in Rangda as well as the forthcoming project with Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio. Mainly, though, Chasny takes time to prod the reaches of acoustic guitars, most of his albums sporting at least one track beyond the ten-minute mark. Depending on your appreciation of instrumentals that might sound like a dull listen. But on efforts like the twenty-seven-minute closer from “For Octavio Paz,” a 2003 Holy Mountain release, there’s enough going on to hold anyone’s attention. Shifting between tempi, articulating a wealth of disparate, but still soldered together, melodies, Chasny voices a guitar style incorporating clear antecedents as well as an appreciation of jaunty Brit and Irish folk melodies. His latest, Drag City’s “Asleep on the Floodplain,” counts a few more vocal tracks than can usually be found on Six Organs albums, but with the twelve-minute “S/Word and Leviathan” a new sort of drone finds itself insinuated into Chasny’s oeuvre. Pulling in an instrument from Persian classical music shouldn’t be surprising to longtime listeners, but points toward Six Organs’ dedication to merging seemingly separate autochthonous musics. It’s not what most would think of if the term world music were levied, but words, phrases and genre names need redefinition every once in a while. (Dave Cantor)
August 26 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600. 10pm. $12.