Holy Sons is the recording project of Emil Amos, who has written and released enough songs for about a hundred artists. Usually the drummer for stoner metal band Om, his solo work sees him working on bizarre, grainy folk songs. 'The Fact Facer' is his first record for Thrill Jockey (a strangely official turn for an artist so constant and self-reliant), and continues to show off his idiosyncratic, thought-provoking songwriting.
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 19 September 2014
Emil Amos is a busy lad. Most famous as the drummer in Grails, he's also lent his stick skills to the likes of Om, Lilacs & Champagne and Jandek, as well as flexing his singer-songwriter muscles in his prolific solo project Holy Sons. This is the second Holy Sons LP to drop this year, with a collection of older recordings 'Lost Decade II' coming out last month on Chrome Peeler. This time round he's got a set of new songs on Thrill Jockey which is a pretty far cry from that mixed bag of lo-fi home experiments.
Not only is the sound quality higher and more consistent (as I suppose one would expect, although Amos is still responsible for production duties) but stylistically he sticks to fairly similar ground throughout - a hazy folk-inspired darkpop which focuses on guitar-based tracks in the mould of people like Bonnie "Prince" Billy or Hiss Golden Messenger with slow, downcast melodies and often some kind of droney atmospherics underpinning everything in synth drones and textural details. An exception is 'Long Days', a drifty prog-tinged staccato-funk drift full of little wah guitar details and a sort of Matthew E White-ish soulful mumble to the vocals. More understated and less out-there than previous Holy Sons material I've heard, but all the more cohesive as an album for that.
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