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Six Organs of Admittance, ‘Shelter From the Ash’ (Drag City)

On his ninth album as Six Organs of Admittance, Ben Chasny (also of Comets on Fire) is still channeling obscure acid folkies like Gary Higgins and Sun City Girls — even dedicating one track, “Goddess Atonement,” to the latter. Like his heroes, though, Chasny has far greater range instrumentally than as a singer. And despite Shelter From the Ash’s transcendent drones and trippy, Eastern-inspired guitar figures — embellished by guests like the Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio and the Fucking Champs mastermind Tim Green (also producer here) — his vocals too often kill the buzz.

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