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Amen Dunes is the work of Brooklyn-based musician Damon McMahon. Though his previous albums have been largely solo performances, Love is produced by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck and features the additional support of some longtime friends—drummer Parker Kindred and Jordi Wheeler on guitar and piano—along with Colin Stetson on sax and occasional vocals from Iceage’s Elias Bender Ronnenfelt (on “Lonely Richard” and “Green Eyes”). The nearest comparison might be Bonnie "Prince" Billy, who often works a similarly obscure method to get the desired recording effect. “Everybody Is Crazy,” in particular, sounds like a gorgeous lost BPB track. “I Can’t Dig It” uses a deliberately lo-fi approach and sounds like a bootleg recording of a band playing in a cavernous hall. The remaining songs settle into a modest, mystical tone, with the piano-based “Sixteen” sounding as wired as Daniel Johnston and the acoustic “I Know Myself” offering a calmer view.

Customer Reviews

floating out to sea

really digging this album. especially amen dunes. pop open a bottle of wine, take it to the ocean and drink under a full moon with your special someone. or better yet stay up at your ceiling and think about life lol

Melody, Melody, Melody

A really strong release reminiscent of Cass Mccombs if he were blissed out and beautiful. The whole album sounds spontaneous as if the whole affair might have been captured in one evening in a cavernous space. Echoes blend together with melody after melody to make this a wonderful find well worth the purchase.

A warning: reviewers keep comparing it to Will Oldham and I couldn't find too much connecting tissue justifying the comparison. At moments it sounds like 'Tennessee Fire' era MMJ or 'Pride' era Phosphorescent. Loose and beautiful.

Psych’s best songwriter

In a sea of peeps copping psychs affectations and adding not much else, McMahon’s songwriting skills tower over most of his contemps…..


Formed: 2006

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Amen Dunes is the project of Damon McMahon, whose mix of folk, psychedelia, and atmospherics has drawn comparisons to Roky Erickson, Syd Barrett, Chris Knox, Suicide, and Royal Trux. A Philadelphia native and a former member of Inouk, McMahon issued an album under his own name, Mansions, in 2006. Later that same year he began recording as Amen Dunes, sequestering himself in a cabin in the Catskills and laying down songs that he never intended to release publicly. He moved to Beijing in 2007 and recorded...
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