Emil Amos, who’s made dozens of records “across a wide terrain in underground music with a catalog that stretches over 20 years” has recently released his latest Holy Sons project, and it’s anything but avant-garde.
Originally from Portland, the New York-based musician (also of Om, Grails, Lilacs & Champagne notoriety) is touring (hitting Oakland on Oct. 24 and San Francisco on Oct. 25) to promote “In The Garden,” a thoroughly ear-pleasing, melodic collection inspired by tunes from the 1960s and ‘70s.
Created in New Jersey with producer John Agnello (whose collaborators include everyone from Kurt Vile and Sonic Youth to Son Volt, The Kills and The Walkmen), the recording represents his “statement album thus far,” promoters say.
Amos says, “This album was originally aesthetically based on the joy of pulling out old 70s American and British songwriting LPs at night while you’re pounding whiskeys by the fireplace. The way those albums look and feel like a lost pillar of classicism. The drums are so round and close they sound like you could eat them …and there’s that feeling of pure pleasure you get from hearing guitar solos that were done in one take and slightly flawed vocal harmonies recorded on the fly before Pro Tools existed.”
Perhaps the most notable tune is “It’s My Feeling,” a cover of a song recorded Del Shannon and produced by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham,” about which one critic said, “one listen and you’re going to be hearing this in your head for… weeks.”
Holy Sons appears Oct. 25 at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F