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Amen Dunes

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  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Recent Activity: 08.12.15 RT @ftwilliam: Celebrating a new addition to the FWAM family - @amendunes, who's album 'Love' was one of our favorites of last year: http:/…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Amen Dunes is the project of Damon McMahon, whose mix of folk, psychedelia, and atmospherics has drawn comparisons to Roky Erickson, Syd Barrett, Chris Knox, Suicide, and Royal Trux. A Philadelphia native and a former member of Inouk, McMahon issued an album under his own name, Mansions, in 2006. Later that same year he began recording as Amen Dunes, sequestering himself in a cabin in the Catskills and laying down songs that he never intended to release publicly. He moved to Beijing in 2007 and recorded intermittently, honing a dark, acoustic-based sound. In 2009 Locust Music issued his Catskills sessions as DIA, and McMahon returned to the U.S., settling in New York. A full-band version of Amen Dunes toured the States and Europe in 2009 and 2010. Sacred Bones released the Murder Dull Mind EP, a collection of songs from McMahon's time in China, in 2010, and in January of the next year McMahon began recording Amen Dunes' second album, Through Donkey Jaw, which was released in August 2011. The following year, Amen Dunes returned with the Ethio Covers 7", which reworked Ethiopian pop songs. The Spoiler, a limited-edition, vinyl-only collection of pieces from 2009 to 2011, arrived in 2013 via McMahon's Perfect Lives imprint. The simply named Love, which featured collaborations with Iceage's Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Colin Stetson, and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, was released in 2014.

eMusic Features


The Strange Loves of Amen Dunes

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

"I was literally trying to do a spiritual jazz record," Damon McMahon says of the new Amen Dunes album Love. "Well, a songwriter record produced by a spiritual jazz band, like if Elvis had Pharaoh Sanders back him up." Several members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor helped McMahon realize his vapor-trailed vision in their Montreal studio, which was further abetted by subtle contributions from saxophonist Colin Stetson and Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. "Subtle" might… more »


  • 08.12.15 RT @ftwilliam: Celebrating a new addition to the FWAM family - @amendunes, who's album 'Love' was one of our favorites of last year: http:/…
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  • 07.17.15 The newest @xanderduell LP I co-produced w/ @Wyattish is out 2day. Check it! https://t.co/ERBDbNQluc
  • 06.22.15 Fish & coffee this Sat in Catania, Sicily - only Italy date of the year! https://t.co/IAS918cEcc
  • 06.22.15 RT @Aesthetic_Mag: Photos: #NXNE2015 - @amendunes, @JessicaPrattSF at Berkeley Church. #Toronto #HouseOfVans http://t.co/OhYlqNJ0fR http://…
  • 06.21.15 RT @ShoeclackRadio: What inspire @amendunes ? Watch our digging session with him at @SonicBoomMusic ! @nxne @pitchperfectpr @SacredBones ht…
  • 06.19.15 RT @HandDrawnDrac: 8PM TODAY WISH @NXNE The Danforth Music Hall w/ @amendunes & @realestateband // https://t.co/jP3mGnv1Kc
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  • 06.16.15 RT @adhocpresents: TONIGHT!! Iceage x @amendunes x Justice Yeldham!! 315 Ten Eyck || doors at 8pm and it’s SOLD OUT xoxo http://t.co/zYS5UD…
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