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Decline Of The West
Holy Sons
Partisan Records
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Release Date
September 25, 2014

Decline of the West represents a vital intersection of style and method in Emil Amos' (Om, Grails) 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. His musical resume reads like a dream wish list for most musicians.

Outside of Holy Sons, Amos is the new member in the globally renowned Om (Sub Pop/Southern Lord), and a producer/songwriter of his other band Grails (Important Records/ Temporary Residence/Neurot Recordings). He has performed both on stage and collaboratively with the likes of Daniel Johnston, Will Oldham, Damo Suzuki, Jandek, J Mascis, Smog, Polvo, Quasi, Sir Richard Bishop, Scout Niblett, Six Organs, Devendra Banhart, and Mark Kozelek. Decline of the West is named after and conceptually began with Oswald Spengler's pessimistic assessment that the Western culture is revealing the classic signs of a societies' decay and end. The record was 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 of the West is his most stylistically varied effort to date, and a linchpin of Amos' catalogue.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Gnostic Device 3:39 Buy

    Gnostic Device

  2. 2 The Feral Kid 2:44 Buy

    The Feral Kid

  3. 3 I'm Healed 4:04 Buy

    I'm Healed

  4. 4 Evil Falls 3:22 Buy

    Evil Falls

  5. 5 More Therapy 3:50 Buy

    More Therapy

  6. 6 Things You Do While Waiting For The Apocalypse 4:03 Buy

    Things You Do While Waiting For The Apocalypse

  7. 7 More Noise Pollution 1:05 Buy

    More Noise Pollution

  8. 8 Satanic Androids 4:48 Buy

    Satanic Androids

  9. 9 No Claws 4:27 Buy

    No Claws

  10. 10 Nothing Left 1:23 Buy

    Nothing Left

  11. 11 Saccharine Trust 3:22 Buy

    Saccharine Trust

  12. 12 Slave Morality 2:20 Buy

    Slave Morality

  13. 13 Kindred Spirit 1:48 Buy

    Kindred Spirit

  14. 14 Bleakest Picture 2:27 Buy

    Bleakest Picture

  15. 15 Song From The Conscience 4:50 Buy

    Song From The Conscience

Holy Sons

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