Jandek

Six and Six

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In 20 years, the reclusive Texan produced more than 30 albums of abstract and distorted music. Like a fractured distillation of folk-blues and avant-garde, any tags seem meaningless when placed near this singular personal music. Corwood Industries was dedicated solely to his repertoire, and in the new millennium began a CD reissue series making available his earliest documents. Six and Six was his second release, originally issued on LP in 1982. This album defines the work that the anonymous hermit would trademark in the following decade, and is considerably more cohesive than the out-and-out abstraction of his other recordings. He would later explore incredibly difficult realms, but consistently creates such an intimate stream-of-consciousness music that it would polarize him from consideration under the American folk and blues umbrellas -- which could never house such disturbing Freudian ramblings. When a taste for this music is acquired, it is hard to get enough and, while all of his albums are patented with this signature detuned style, they are all variant and diversely different within that formula. Originally released under the banner of the Units, this album is one of his more direct statements -- in his continuum of recordings, Jandek became increasingly abstract and ditched the guitar altogether (making albums strictly a cappella by 2000). There is no artist comparable to Jandek, although Kevin Coyne and Daniel Johnson have made similar inroads into subconscious expression. Six and Six contains the ten-minute "I Knew You Would Leave," which is one of his most haunting blues scenarios on record.

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