As the description mentions, Amen Dunes’ last studio record, Love, took almost a year and a half, 16 musicians, and 5 different studios to complete. With that being said, Love simply had so much going on in discovering what was underneath the surface that they ended up having more music than what was feasible for placement on the record. With the Cowboy Worship EP, Damon McMahon breathes life into these alternate and original ideas that simply didn’t come to fruition for inclusion on Love‘s track listing.

You might ask, “What stands out on this EP in comparison to Love?” Well, this EP features a “blown-out” version of “Green Eyes” (featuring Harvey Milk’s Stephen Tanner) and a “darker and mellower” version of “I Can’t Dig It” to follow more closely with the way McMahon originally arranged it in China; to mention a few details. All in all, songs are revived to bring forth ideas that could have easily been considered gone for good.

It’s been mentioned that this EP (across both the limited and non-limited versions) 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 is hand-numbered, housed in deluxe packaging with an alternate, screen-printed, wrap-around sleeve, and enclosed with a wax-seal. This version is only available via Mail Order.

Simply put, if Amen Dunes’ Love was something of interest… do check this EP 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 entitled Song to the Siren which is an interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic.

The Details

Amen Dunes
Cowboy Worship EP Preorder


Out 1/20/15.

****Limited Edition Version: Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies in deluxe packaging, with alternate screen-printed wrap-around sleeve, wax-sealed, and available by mail order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.****

Amen Dunes’ 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 didn’t make it past the scalpel. From a blown-out version of “Green Eyes” featuring Harvey Milk’s Stephen Tanner, to a darker and mellower “I Can’t Dig It” 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 Jaw’s “Lezzy Head,” featuring Dunes mainstays Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred, and most significantly, a shining cover of This Mortal Coil’s interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic, “Song to the Siren,” 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. McMahon’s cover of “Song to the Siren” 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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