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Holy Sons — Fall of Man (August 21st, 2015)  

Holy Sons — Fall of Man (August 21st, 2015)

                Holy Sons — Fall of Man (August 21st, 2015) Holy Sons — Fall of Man (August 21st, 2015)Ξ»   “Nesnažím se vykouzlit úsměv a dělat tanečky pro lidi. Nechci používat tyto typy zařízení, protože vsadím se, že život sám o sobě, tedy skutečný život a poctivost, jsou prospěšnější, než cokoliv podpořeného stroboskopem a trampolínou. Udělal jsem mnoho písní (home recording over 1000 songs since the project’s inception in 1992). Teď je mám. To je můj gold nad zlato, všem rozdávám jenom to a nic míň.” — Emil Amos
Ξ   Long–running home–recording project of Grails member Emil Amos with steady activity since the early ‘90s. Born: 1976, Coconut Grove, Florida
Location: Chapel Hill, NC ~~ Portland, Oregon
Album release: August 21st/November 1st, 2015
Record Label: Thrill Jockey
Duration:     37:14
01. Mercenary World     3:00
02. I Told You     4:52
03. Fall of Man     3:27
04. Being Possessed Is Easy     2:52
05. Out of Sight     2:59
06. Discipline     4:52
07. Disintegration Is Law     3:27
08. Boil It Down     3:37
09. Aged Wine     3:51
10. Trampled Down     4:17
Ξ   LP version packaged in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download coupon. First 400 copies pressed on gold vinyl.  Gold vinyl edition is sold out, copies now shipping on black vinyl.
Ξ   Al Carlson Engineer
Ξ   Emil Amos Producer
Ξ   Ash Black Bufflo Synthesizer
Ξ   Josh Bonati Mastering
Ξ   Adam Bulgasem Drums
Ξ   Brandon Eggleston Engineer
Ξ   Stefano Giovannini Photography
Ξ   Brian Markham Bass
Ξ   Sheila Sachs Design
Ξ   Jeff Saltzmann EngineerAllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
Ξ   Holy Sons’ second offering on Thrill Jockey departs from the more hi–fi aesthetics of 2014’s The Fact Facer, and returns to the murkier aspects of home recording. That said, these songs are treated with an uncharacteristic, blurry lushness that underscores rather than abstracts their melancholy and intimacy. Emil Amos played and sang everything himself on nine of these ten tracks — his live bandmates assist on “Aged Wine,” the set’s lone rocker. The songs, styles, and sounds of the ‘70s haunt this record. They’re in the slow, bluesy organ and guitar flourishes in “I Told You,” the sad dreamy folk–psych of “Discipline,” and the Wurlitzer–infused “Trampled Down,” with its Neil Young–esque lead vocal and Beach Boys–styled backing harmonies. Fall Of Man’s pace is languid, its music almost narcotic with a puffy dreaminess that stands in contrast to its downer mood. Ξ   http://www.allmusic.com/Review
Ξ   Emil Amos, the mastermind behind Holy Sons, returns with his second Thrill Jockey release, Fall of Man. The multi–instrumentalist (who counts himself as a member of Om, Grails, and Lilacs & Champagne) carves out new territory on his most diverse release to date, adding more hooks and pop balladry to his songs while still retaining the intimacy and psychological depth of his earlier records. 1970s classic rock has always been a touchstone for Amos, and on 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. The signature darkness and strangeness that Amos has cultivated throughout his career is present on the album, even in its title, which references the myth that humans are powerless and fundamentally flawed while also suggesting that we have reached the autumn of humanity, slowly sowing the seeds of our own destruction. Amos masterfully tucks away these pessimistic themes within some of the most beautifully produced, endlessly listenable songs of his career.
Ξ   Amos, a home–recording pioneer, 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). “Mercenary World” walks the line between pop hit and the darker, sample–based recordings Holy Sons is known for. “Out of Sight” shows Amos providing his fans more inviting songs without abandoning his outsider ideology that has made him 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’ North Carolina roots show through in songs like the Pavement–tinged, stoner–rock track “Being Possessed” or the mid–60s southern AM radio ballad “Boil It Down.” The hauntingly beautiful closing track “Trampled Down” harkens to the dark piano balladry of Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue. Amos plays every instrument on the record himself, except on the rollicking “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.
Ξ   Holy Sons tours the West Coast in August and then hits up the East Coast in September and Europe early next year.  The fanatics who have come out to shows know that live, Amos roughens up the edges of his songs, pumping up the volume and the intensity. This is yet another dimension in the astonishingly diverse sonic arsenal that Amos deftly wields. Fall of Man brings together many of those sides of Emil Amos, the rocker, the silk–voiced singer, the pessimist, the meticulous producer, and the lost child of the ‘70s.
Label: http://thrilljockey.com/
Website: http://holysons.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holy-Sons/25974340521
Partisan Records: http://www.partisanrecords.com/artists/holy-sons/
Ξ   http://www.laweekly.com/music/sober-people-scare-the-shit-out-of-me-2169497                                    © Emil Amos of Grails, Om and Holy Sons Drummer Blog
Ξ   2001 Lost Decade
Ξ   2001 Staying True to the Ascetic Roots
Ξ   2002 Enter the Uninhabitable
Ξ   2003 I Want to Live a Peaceful Life
Ξ   2006 Decline of the West
Ξ   2009 Drifter's Sympathy
Ξ   2009 Criminal's Return
Ξ   2010 Survivalist Tales!
Ξ   2014 The Fact Facer
Ξ   2015 Fall of Man
Ξ   201? My Only Warm Coals
Select Discography of Emil Amos:
Ξ   Holy Sons Criminal’s Return (Important Records ’09)
Ξ   Om God is Good (Drag City ’09)
Ξ   Grails Acid Rain (Temporary Residence ’09)
Ξ   Holy Sons Drifter’s Sympathy (Important Records ’09)
Ξ   Jandek Portland Thursday (Corwood Industries ’09)
Ξ   Grails Doomsdayer’s Holiday (Temporary Residence ’08)
Ξ   Holy Sons Decline of the West (Partisan Records ’08)
Ξ   OM Gebel Barkal 7” (Sub Pop ’08)
Ξ   Grails Take Refuge (Important Records ’08)
Ξ   Yellow Swans At All Ends (Load ’07)
Ξ   Grails Burning Off Impurities (Temporary Residence ’07)
Ξ   Dolorean You Can’t Win (Yep Roc ’07)
Ξ   Grails Black Tar Prophecies (Important Records ’06)
Ξ   Holy Sons Warm Coals 10” (Morc Tapes ’05 – Netherlands)
Ξ   Grails Interpretations EP (Southern Records ’05)
Ξ   Holy Sons Bread Tribute (Badman ’05)
Ξ   Grails Black Sabbath Tribute (Temporary Residence ’05)
Ξ   Holy Sons Holy Sons/Dolorean Split 7” (Sctas.com ’04)
Ξ   Grails Red Light (Neurot ’04)
Ξ   Dolorean Violence in the Snowy Fields (Yep Roc ’04)
Ξ   Holy Sons I Want to Live A Peaceful Life (Film Guerrero ’03)
Ξ   Grails Burden of Hope (Neurot ’03)
Ξ   Holy Sons Enter the Uninhabitable (Red 76 records ’02)
Ξ   Holy Sons Staying True to the Ascetic Roots (Pamlico Sound ’01)
Ξ   Holy Sons Lost Decade (Pamlico Sound ’99)

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