200 Years, Axis: Sova, Deep Sleep Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., April 9, 9 p.m. 2012

One obvious commonality between the torrid psychedelic noise rock of Comets on Fire and the intricate acoustic folk of Six Organs of Admittance is Ben Chasny's otherworldly skill with a guitar—he follows Fahey and Kottke's fingerpicking trails as easily as he guts the instrument to unleash violent electric riffs that sound like exploding rainbows. In 200 Years, his new collaboration with singer-guitarist Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers, Chasny works in an acoustic realm that's more conventional than his Six Organs material—his almost grounded melodic lines and chords tangle with Ambrogio's dark, airy vocals—and the duo isn't any worse off for it. Standouts like "West Hartford," from last year's self-titled debut on Drag City, may not bend your mind into a pretzel with technical flash, but it's refreshing to hear such a simple, spooky song from people better known for dense and heady music. Ambrogio's pretty voice—which she showed off here and there on the past couple of Magik Markers releases, Boss and Balf Quarry—also hits some surprising notes. It's yet to be seen whether 200 Years is just a one-off, but I'm happy that these two prolific musicians were able to produce even one piece of vinyl together. —Kevin Warwick Axis: Sova and Deep Sleep open.

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