In his latest release and follow up to Hexadic, Ben Chasny applies his Hexadic system using a deck of cards to acoustic guitar. His label Drag City made the observation that what may identify to some ears as folk music is caught in an equally compelling undertow of powerful subterranean energy. Hexadic II is more than just a re-applying of the technique used before, Hexadic II simultaneously explores the same charts and paths that gave birth to its predecessor, while creating music of a totally different order.
The Hexadic II songs have direct correlates to the Hexadic songs, yet are much more than mere acoustic versions. “Exultation Wave” (listen blow), for example, simmers with an undercurrent of ethereal transcendence, the strings bending under the virtue of Ben’s voice. Think of them as distant cousins to the songs on Hexadic, obsessed with greek choir, the desert, and the sea.
Released via Drag City 20 November 2015