Amen Dunes is just off a tour supporting Mac DeMarco and in the midst of a run with Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes offers an entirely different vibe present on forthcoming album, Love, with new song I Can’t Dig It. This follows previously shared tracks, Lonely Richard and Lilac In Hand from the forthcoming LP out May 12 via Sacred Bones.
Featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Menuck (lead guitar) and Colin Stetson (sax) alongside Parker Kindred (drums, percussion) and Damon (piano, synths, rhythm guitar, vocals) who wrote the song in China, I Can’t Dig It celebrates all the good ways of failing.
Amen Dunes, the project of New York-based Damon McMahon, is set to release his third full-length album Love on March 12 via Sacred Bones. The upcoming album is inarguably McMahon’s most focused and ambitious work yet. Amen Dunes has always been rooted in traditional song and sound but Love is his first work in which this so clearly shines through. The guiding influence of Astral Weeks, Sam Cooke, Tim Hardin, Marvin Gaye, Hector Lavoe and the cosmic non-verbal mediations of Leon Thomas, all kept vigil over the songwriting of Love, and the spirit of late 60’s/early 70’s spiritual jazz of Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane channeled the sound. These are elemental songs about time, love and memory, as much about the listener as they are about the writer: pure, open and beautiful.
Amen Dunes was born out of a collection of songs made in the autumn of 2006 in upstate New York. They were originally personal recordings not intended for release but after moving to China for a while, the tapes were released to unexpected critical acclaim back in New York. The intimate sentiment shines through on the new album more so than any previous release and the result is simply the most substantial Amen Dunes record to date.
You can catch Amen Dunes live on the following dates:
19 May – The Old Market ( w/Mac de Marco), Brighton UK
21 May – Sound Control (w/ Mac de Marco), Manchester UK
22 May – Koko (w/Mac de Marco), London UK
23 May – OT301, Amsterdam, NL
24 May – Espace B, Paris, FR
28 May – Westgermany , Berlin, DE
29 May – Trix, Antwerp BE
30 May – Salle Rogier Brussels, BE
3 June – Electric Ballroom (w/ Wooden Shjips), London UK
31 July – OFF Festival Poland, PL
08 Aug – Way Out West Festival Sweden, SE
15 Aug – Jabberwocky Festival, London UK
27 Sept – Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia UK