Emil Amos, world renowned as drummer of the illustrious experimental rock groups Om and Grails, has had an increasingly prolific, though relatively unknown, solo career under the moniker Holy Sons. Home recording over 1000 songs since the project’s inception in 1992, Decline represents a vital intersection of style and method in Emil Amos' songwriting and production, combining his genre-hopping tendencies and no-rules mixing methods with the more hook-driven, straight-to-the-jugular phrasing that he has been honing for the last 15 years.
Holy Sons' minimalist avant-folk sound journeys through formats as varied as dub, church-hymn, slow-jam, tape-collage, and hip-hop beats ornamented with obtuse banjo-sitar runs, all performed with an inspired punk spirit. The music is organic, dark, and beautiful, documenting a constantly evolving songwriter who possesses a unique gift for distinctive and prolific artistry. Recorded at Amos' home studio in late-night recording sessions that stretched over three years, during which he played every instrument and then mixed and re-mixed each track, Decline is his most stylistically varied effort to date, and a linchpin of Amos' catalogue.
Vol. I & II, now released for the first time on deluxe double vinyl, include seven previously unreleased tracks and covers from the original album sessions and brand new artwork, re-imagined from the original release.
1. Gnostic Device
2. The Feral Kid
3. Saccharine Trust
4. Slave Morality
5. Level Anything (Sebadoh cover)
6. Kindred Spirit
7. More Noise Pollution
8. Satanic Androids
9. Evil Falls
10. Bleakest Picture
11. Nothing Left (Daniel Johnston cover)
12. Things You Do While Waiting For The Apocalypse
13. Nature's Way (Randy California cover)
14. My Graveyard
15. Down in the Boondocks (Joe South cover)
16. Let Me Give Up II
17. Beverly Hills (Circle Jerks cover)
18. Accept the Truth!
19. I'm Healed
20. More Therapy
21. No Claws
22. Song from the Conscience
23. Last Wave
Limited edition deluxe gatefold 2xLP includes Digital Download Card. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
Released December 4, 2015.