Six Organs Of Admittance – “The Mission” [Video]

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Six Organs of Admittance, the long-running moniker of Ben Chasny, announces his 21st album, Time is Glass, out April 26th via Drag City, and shares its lead single/video, “The Mission.” For the past 25 years, Chasny has written music as Six Organs of Admittance while living in different places out on the road for most of that time. After two decades of shifting impermanence, Chasny had returned to Humboldt County, from whence Six Organs had long ago emerged; there, in the name of everything cycling, of circles that spiral concentrically and remain unbroken, Time is Glass was conceived. 

“The Mission”, the first single and lead track off Time is Glass, nods to the acid-folk of Current 93 and the cosmic pop of Chris Bell’s Big Star. It’s a cut that highlights the acoustic technique that has distinguished Chasny’s transformative songwriting over the past several decades, while calling forth a falsetto melody equal parts lullaby and prayer, a murmuring of feral truths sung so gently that all has got to be forgiven. For the music video, director Elisa Ambrogio sews together scenes from California and Portugal into a patchwork of texture and tone. 

On writing “The Mission”, Chasny recalls: “A couple of years ago a good friend of mine was falling in love in a new country and the stories he told at the time were both beautiful and terrifying, sublime and on the edge. I wrote this song for him and his new partner after they had begun to figure out how to be together.”

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