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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