As the description mentions, Amen Dunes’Â last studio record,Â Love, took almost a year and a half, 16 musicians, and 5 different studios to complete. With that being said, LoveÂ simply had so much going on in discovering what was underneath the surfaceÂ that they ended up having more music thanÂ what was feasible for placement on the record. With theÂ Cowboy Worship EP, Damon McMahon breathesÂ life into these alternate and original ideas that simply didn’t come to fruition for inclusionÂ onÂ Love‘s track listing.
You might ask, “What stands out on this EP in comparison toÂ Love?” Well, this EP features a “blown-out” version of “Green Eyes”Â (featuring Harvey Milk’s Stephen Tanner) andÂ a “darker and mellower” version of “I Can’t Dig It”Â to follow more closely withÂ the way McMahon originally arranged it in China; to mentionÂ a few details.Â All in all, songs are revived to bring forth ideas thatÂ could have easily beenÂ considered gone for good.
It’s been mentioned that this EP (across both the limited and non-limited versions)Â is a one-time pressing of 1,500 copies. I’m not sure if this limited version is included in that total number or not. BUT, with this limited edition version of 200 you’ll be receiving a copy that isÂ hand-numbered, housed in deluxe packaging with an alternate, screen-printed, wrap-around sleeve, andÂ enclosed withÂ a wax-seal. This version is only available via Mail Order.
Simply put, if Amen Dunes’Â Love was something of interest… do check this EPÂ out as a broadening experience of what that record had to offer.
If you’ve never heard of anything mentioned here, well, you know the deal… let the adventuring begin!!
Down below you’ll find a single track from the record entitledÂ Song to the SirenÂ which is an interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic.
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Amen Dunesâ€™ Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too much to say for one record.
Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that didnâ€™t make it past the scalpel. From a blown-out version of â€śGreen Eyesâ€ť featuring Harvey Milkâ€™s Stephen Tanner, to a darker and mellower â€śI Canâ€™t Dig Itâ€ť as Damon McMahon originally arranged it upon writing the song in China, many of the original intentions for the music that were lost in the Love sessions are revived. In addition is a band version of Through Donkey Jawâ€™s â€śLezzy Head,â€ť featuring Dunes mainstays Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred, and most significantly, a shining cover of This Mortal Coilâ€™s interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic, â€śSong to the Siren,â€ť featuring Ben Greenberg (Hubble) on guitar.
Tim Buckley, along with several other singers, from Elvis Presley to Marvin Gaye to Tim Hardin, were the beacons that guided the making of Love. McMahonâ€™s cover of â€śSong to the Sirenâ€ť is an homage to the spirit that directed those original sessions.
One description that seemed to work for Love was that it was an album of devotional music, and even more specifically, a type of devotional music McMahon called cowboy worship.
Cowboy worship as a concept certainly did not begin with Love, but instead Love began with cowboy worship, was born from it, and in turn added a new link to the chain.
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