Friday, 1 May 2015

Art of the Cover - Amen Dunes' "Love" (2014)

No one can deny the individuality of sound that is Amen Dunes, nor the true feeling in every word sung and every guitar note strummed.

Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes with the wonderful collection, "Love".

One with wonderful artwork too. Quite titillating!

Yap, it's "Love" - which dropped on Sacred Bones Records - a gorgeous collection of beautiful, minimalist, low-key, leftfield, heartwarming, haunting songs. 

While the previous Amen Dunes records had all been largely improvisational first-take affairs, recorded in a matter of weeks at most, the latest full-length, Love, is the product of close to a year and a half of continuous work.  
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 Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt of Iceage, who duets with McMahon on two tracks.  
The result is definitively the most substantial Amen Dunes record to date. These are elemental songs about time, love and memory, as much about the listener as they are about the writer: pure, open, and beautiful.

8 / 10
Though Damon McMahon resides in deepest Brooklyn, his third album as Amen Dunes evokes sun-dappled countryside. Led by the dreamy strum of 'Lonely Richard', 'Love' is a lush, romantic, folk-driven collection that moves away from his earlier, more psychedelic work. 
The lo-fi scratch of old evaporates, save for momentary gristle on 'I Can't Dig It'. Production from Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck and vocals from Iceage's Elias Bender Ronnenfelt (on 'Lonely Richard' and 'Green Eyes') add grit to the romance of McMahon's songs. 'Rocket Flare' glides like a cruise liner captained by Cass McCombs, but the eight-minute title track captures this album's breathtaking power best, McMahon recalling a dream in which he's "never strung out, never down".  
by Ben Homewood @


01 – White Child
02 – Lonely Richard
03 – Splits Are Parted
04 – Sixteen
05 – Lilac In Hand
06 – Rocket Flare
07 – I Know Myself
08 – Everybody Is Crazy
09 – Green Eyes
10 – I Can’t Dig It
11 – Love

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