Holy Sons – Fall of Man

1. Mercenary World
2. I Told You
3. Fall of Man
4. Being Possessed Is Easy
5. Out of Sight
6. Discipline
7. Disintegration Is Law
8. Boil It Down
9. Aged Win
10. Trampled Down
 Boil it Down: [audiotube id=”pjJUwGlZbr4″ size=”medium”]

The multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind Holy Sons, Emil Amos (and member of Om, Grails, Lilacs & Champagne) carves out new territory on his most diverse release to date, “Fall of Man”. He has added more hooks and glorious pop balladry to his songs while still retaining the intimacy and psychological depth of his earlier records. Classic rock from the 1970s has always been a touchstone for Amos, and with Fall of Man he filters those influences through his modern looking-glass to create a deliberate, melancholy album of epic scope, a sonic universe tinged with a soft, slight sadness.

Fall of Man features Amos’ most beautifully produced, endlessly listenable songs of his career. “Mercenary World” walks the line between pop hit and the darker, sample-based recordings Holy Sons is known for. “Out of Sight” shows him providing his fans more inviting songs without abandoning his outsider ideology that has made Amos such a respected cult figure. The classic rock influence seeps into “I Told You” with Deep Purple-styled organs and guitar solos that bring to mind Rush playing in a stadium with the lights down.

Amos plays every instrument on the record himself, except on “Aged Wine,” which features Brian Markham on bass and Adam Bulgasem on drums, who have played live with Holy Sons at recent gigs with Sleep, The Mountain Goats and more.

A home-recording pioneer, Amos delves into a fuller, more lush sound on Fall of Man. The album was recorded between Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn with producers Brandon Eggleston (Mountain Goats, Swans), Al Carlson (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Jeff Saltzman (Grails). ✪

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