Ben Chasny The Intimate Landscape

Label
Drag City
Released
11th May 2021

Format Info

Black Vinyl LP

A new instrumental album of acoustic guitar playing from Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny! Ever since 6OOA’s For Octavio Paz, we’ve all been dying to hear Ben’s distinctive virtuosity again in this format. But The Intimate Landscape is so much more…

KPM Music, the legendary British library music company, extended an offer to Ben to make some songs for their library. Well aware of their history, he immediately agreed. The field of library music is one that has been celebrated in the public consciousness’ only relatively recently in the long century of record-making, but the influence of such records has been felt for years in the aesthetics of many diverse artists, including several who’ve recorded for Drag City. So it’s a special thing for Drag City, whose appreciation for Ben’s unique artistry has been borne out over a countless variety of releases, to issue this really amazing entry in both the KPM Music tradition and the ever-expanding Ben Chasny/Six Organs of Admittance oeuvre.

Ben chose the acoustic guitar for these recordings after considering the width and breadth of possible music he could make for the occasion. His approach while playing it was simple – deceptively so: to make music as present and immediate and beautiful as possible. The resulting music is inventive and engaging, both in and out of the astral style of Ben’s music and the utilitarian genre of music to which he’s contributing. The album’s title – The Intimate Landscape – is a clue to these dual intentions, as is Ben’s use of his given name rather than the 6OOA alias he has preferred in his career.

Given the rarity of such lovely acoustic essays from the fingers of Ben Chasny, and thanks to EMI and KPM Music, we’ll find ourselves returning to gaze over The Intimate Landscape often, for many years to come