Holy Sons - Raw and Disfigured [2xLP] - New LP
brand-new 2020 double album from Holy Sons of Portland, Oregon, sounding like late fall nights heading into the cold days of winter, slowly brewing vat of acid-rock with elements of a dark version of folk, a mix of Neil Young & Crazy Horse (both the Whitten and Sampedro years) and the more moody spaced out material from Black Sabbath and Babe Ruth (stuff from Volume 4 by the former and the cover of the folk song "Black Dog" on the debut album by the latter). This seems a blend of now, and 30 years ago and 50 years ago, from the experimental bands of the 1990s and the slower material of the bands of the 1970s that grew out of Hendrix's moody experimentations on Electric Ladyland, as well as the more heavily produced and dark sides of folk from those two eras. Clearly coming from the dark recesses, and a voyage into those places, trudging through the primordial mud into the present. -- winch (green noise)
"The music of Emil Amos is at once intimate and expansive. Under the name Holy Sons, as well as with bands Om, Grails, and Lilacs and Champagne, Amos harnesses boundless sonic textures to embellish delicately crafted songs, he plays the bulk of the instruments and sings the majority of the vocals throughout the album, and is joined on a few pieces by drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). His music balances cues from classic and indie rock traditions with tenderness and sense of foreboding through unparalleled artistry. Holy Sons’ first double album Raw and Disfigured showcases Amos’ mastery of songcraft through a seemingly impossible combination of subtle yet potent gestures, bold arrangements, and resolute vulnerability. Recorded at Sonic Youth’s studio Echo Canyon West, Raw and Disfigured stands as Amos’ most ambitious and comprehensive album yet, a panoramic gallery of songs as beautiful as they are crushing."