RIYL: Pure X, Atlas Sound, Kevin Morby

Label: Sacred Bones

Damon McMahon takes his time with Amen Dunes albums.  Besides an EP in 2015, his last full-length record was 2014’s Love, his first endeavor with a full band and a sharp departure from his sparser bedroom psych folk sound.  Now on his fifth studio release, Freedom promises more of the richer, fuller production we heard with Love, but his influences appear to be changing.

If first track Miki Dora says anything about McMahon’s current musical inspirations, then he’s been listening to a lot of Velvet Underground jams and Neu! albums.  This thing grooves along a simple motorik beat and an addicting bass lick, hoisting up McMahon’s inimitable trembling vocal delivery, a close cousin to Marc Bolan’s pre-glam Tyrannosaurus Rex era.

I buy everything Amen Dunes does, but I think this is the most excited I’ve been about an album he’s done.  Loving this new direction!  Sacred Bones has 350 copies of the record on forest green vinyl with a hand-numbered, wax-sealed sleeve and alternate screenprinted artwork.  It also comes with a photo insert.  Instabuy.

The Details

***Limited Edition Version: Edition of 350 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen-printed wrap around sleeve with photo insert, wax sealed, pressed on Forest Green color vinyl, and available by mail-order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.***

Price $25

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