To celebrate the release of Emil Amos' new album as Holy Sons, we asked him to discuss five albums that have stuck with him throughout his career: "Living inside a constant hangover is a pretty big part of my job," he says. "Here's five records that help me get by on a day-to-day basis."

Holy Sons' new album, The Fact Facer, is out now on Thrill Jockey Records.


Eden's Children - Sure Looks Real:
This is probably one of the best late '60s records out there that still hasn't been reissued. It was buried in the doomed "boss town movement" along with other obscure bands like Earth Opera, Beacon Street Union and Ultimate Spinach; a group of bands that were marketed as Boston's own little answer to the British invasion.



Wendy and Bonnie - Genesis:
Two young girls (aged 17 and 13) who had already played in a San Francisco psych band called Crystal Fountain in the late '60s, arranged by a jazz producer and backed by legends Jim Keltner and Larry Carlton. Not only an amazing product of its time, but a strange miracle in itself that the lyrics and singing betray such an ancient wisdom for two teenagers. Keeping this record squarely within the realm of legend, their career dove after their label went immediately bankrupt, and their producer was found dead under mysterious circumstances.



Tangerine Dream - Firestarter (soundtrack):
If this is what modern bands want to sound like, why not just go directly to the source instead... a genre created and perfected by one band.



Bob Welch - The Other One:
I've honestly never listened to more than two songs on this record much, but they epitomize the perfect vibe that Bob Welch created. There's some sentimentality involved with this sound as it comes along with memories of seeing the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High before I was old enough to really process its sleaze. It's that zone in an 1980s teen movie where summery easy-listening jams combine with the first naked girls you'd ever seen to create a perfect memory-imprinting situation. Bob Welch should be a bit more notorious for largely helping Fleetwood Mac settle into their final incarnation. But keeping true to the perfect doomed script that record heads thrive on, he dropped random hits like 'Future Games' and 'Old Man of 17' and then left the earth.



The Bernie Leadon Michael Georgiades Band - Natural Progressions:
It'd probably be accurate to call Bernie Leadon a master of American music, having played in Dillard and Clark, the Eagles, Hearts and Flowers and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Leadon was at the forefront of the birth of folk and country-rock as it was being hybridised, but has never been widely acknowledged for his song writing skills. Near the end of his time with the Eagles, he had a batch of songs that they didn't want to use that he ended up recording with his best friend Michael Georgiades. Georgiades' voice is similar to Jackson Browne's but even more agile, while Leadon might be one of the wisest, most economical guitar players I've ever heard. If only they'd made more than one record.