The avant-folk work of Ben Chasny, the man behind Six Organs of Admittance, is a challenging and occasionally monotonous patchwork of wispy memories, libidinous psychedelia and graceful ancient melodies. His work is steeped in the forthrightness of the late sixties hippie movement, but retains a modern flair, due in large part to his use of frazzled electronics and modulated turntables.
Originally released as a single-sided vinyl EP, The Manifestation is a single twenty-minute passage that sounds at once bucolically beautiful and deeply frightening. Chasny plucks out simple patterns on his acoustic guitar while his accomplices (Jennifer Juniper Stratford and Utrillo Kushner) rustle up a ruckus that sounds like a prisoner chained at the waist, a gamelan flute in one hand, contrabass in the other. It's quite refined and beautiful, yet retains the air of creeping paranoia that has become a hallmark of Chasny's work. This CD reissue fortifies the original with a second composition, "The Six Stations", Chasny's collaboration with Current 93's David Tibet. While not as graceful and affecting as the title track, "The Six Stations" floats along in a state of perpetual bliss, Tibet's whimsical melodies and muted autoharp peeking through a shortwave radio crackle that'll make you believe it was recorded a hundred years ago in a shack in the Adirondacks, just for you.