Release Date: Jan 25, 2005
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Ben Chasny has had a busy 21st century thus far. He's had six new recordings come out since the year 2000 and two others reissued, and he's become a full-time recording and touring member of Comets On Fire. School of the Flower stands somewhere between Compathia and For Octavio Paz, a mysterious, beautifully executed series of airy yet mysterious vocal and instrumental songs that put Chasny's elliptical guitar playing front and center (as has become the norm, he also plays organ and sings) and are draped in Chris Corsano's darkly textured percussion and organ work.
Since beginning his Six Organs of Admittance project in 1998, multi-instrumentalist (and Comets on Fire guitarist) Ben Chasny has been nothing if not extremely prodigious, releasing a string of LPs, CDs, singles, and splits under that name that puts most other musicians' work ethics to shame. Following up his work in 2004 (with new material coming in the form of the For Octavio Paz album and a reissue of a single-sided 12” The Manifestation) School of the Flower arrives as his first effort for the Drag City label and, coincidentally, his first studio recorded long player. Not that fidelity was ever an issue, really, for the home recorded output of the Six Organs material to date.