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Amen Dunes Releases Video for Single, Splits Are Parted

Having toured extensively since releasing his album Love earlier this year via Sacred Bones, Amen Dunes shares the new video for album standout track, Splits Are Parted.

Amen Dunes is set to embark on a run of EU tour dates this autumn which includes a show at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia on September 26.

In the words of Amen Dunes himself, aka, Damon McMahon Splits Are Parted is: “…a song about always leaving and always looking back”.

Director Jesse Hlebo then went on to quote Jean Luc Nancy commenting on the thoughts behind the video when he said: “There is no other meaning than the meaning of circulation. But this circulation goes in all directions at once…”

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Amen Dunes’ New Single, I Can’t Dig It, Online Now

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

Amen Dunes

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

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Amen Dunes Releases New Single, Lilac In Hand

After recently announcing news of his upcoming album Love, which is set for release on May 12 via Sacred Bones, New York-based Amen Dunes has unveiled a new video and single from the forthcoming record alongside a string of UK and EU tour dates including support slots for both Mac de Marco and Wooden Shjips.

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes is also set to play at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, OFF, Way Out West and Jabberwocky Festival on a full EU run this autumn, in addition to the handful of shows in May and June.

The video for new single Lilac In Hand offers another intimate and warm look into the forthcoming album. The melancholic video, shot on 16mm film in late winter Montreal, was created and directed by experimental film-maker and Godspeed You! Black Emperor collaborator, Karl Lemieux.

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
03 June –  Electric Ballroom (w/ Wooden Shjips), London UK
31 July – OFF Festival, Poland PL
08 August – Way Out West Festival, Sweden SE
15 August – Jabberwocky Festival, London UK
27 September – Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, UK

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Introducing…Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes, the project of New York-based Damon McMahon, is set to release his third full-length album, Love, this May on Sacred Bones.

Lonely Richard is the first track to be unveiled from the forthcoming release, featuring guest vocals from Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage and Vår, and is also available on the Sacred Bones’ Record Store Day complilation, Todo Muere Vol. 4 which is out April 19.

Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes

The upcoming album is 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 song writing of Love and the spirit of late 60’s/early 70’s spiritual jazz of Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane channelled 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.

Whereas the previous Amen Dunes records – D.I.A. (Locust Music, 2009), Murder Dull Mind EP (Sacred Bones, July 2010) and Through Donkey Jaw (Sacred Bones, August 2011) – had all been largely improvisational first-take affairs, recorded in a matter of weeks at most, Love is the product of close to a year and a half of continuous work. As McMahon began to flesh out the new material, he found himself guided by the aforementioned work of classic American singers and songs more strongly than on any previous Amen Dunes record. And unlike the earlier recordings of McMahon’s, which were almost always a solo affair, the music on Love was performed by a variety of musicians, centred around the core trio and symbiotic interplay of McMahon and his long standing collaborators, Jordi Wheeler (guitar and piano) and Parker Kindred (drums).

Eager to capture a musical feeling outside the confines of New York City, McMahon chose to hold the main recording sessions in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In addition to recording the sessions that McMahon produced, members of Godspeed also played on several of the songs, along with Colin Stetson on saxophone and several other Montreal musicians. The remainder of the recordings took place back in Brooklyn at Strange Weather and Trout Recording and featured additional performances by a handful of musicians, including Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage and Vår, who duets with McMahon on Green Eyes and is featured on first single, Lonely Richard.

Amen Dunes’ new album will be released on May 12 via Sacred Bones.

Live dates are to be announced soon.

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