Holy Sons is the recording moniker of Emil Amos. In The Garden is his 13th album released under the name and it’s full of dreamy, melodic alt. guitar tunes. It was produced by John Agnello who deserves legendary status for his work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Phosphorescent and Kurt Vile. Amos has been a member of Om, Lilacs and Champagne and Grails and been central to the creation of some trailblazing experimental music over the last decade.
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When I saw that this was made by the drummer in Grails and Om I recoiled in horror thinking I was going to have to deal with some of Robin's 'experimental' music' but this is pretty much one of the straightest things I've heard all week. Emil Amos has made countless albums under this moniker and here takes on the sort of 'classic' 70s literate rock that Gene Clark managed to get pretty much spot-on on his 'No Other' opus. The songs are lengthy and plaintive with a patient style that suggests that repeated listens will be rewarded. He has a tough low slung voice that he managed to twist into falsetto at times. 'Eyes Can See Clearly' has plenty of nods to Dennis Wilson's 'Pacific Ocean Blue' and the emotional and sensitive balladry also reminds me of Afghan Wigs and Sophia.
An ambitious album that may take time to bed in. It's highlight is a wonderful cover of Del Shannon's 'It's My Feeling' which exemplifies how Amos has empathy for similarly minded singer songwriters past and present.
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