New York based artist Damon McMahon, AKA Amen Dubes, will be releasing his fifth studio album on March 30th via Sacred Bones. The album title should tell you all you need to know about the sentiments of the sound. Freedom is set to be Amen Dunes’ best work yet.
In creating Freedom, the follow-up to 2014’s Love McMahon brought in a powerful set of collaborators and old friends. Along with core band members, including Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) on drums, came Chris Coady (Beach House) as producer, and Delicate Steve on guitars.
This is the first Amen Dunes record that looks back to the electronic influences of McMahon’s youth with the aid of revered underground musician Panoram from Rome, who finds his place as a significant, if subtle, contributor to the record.
The bulk of the songs were recorded at Electric Lady in New York, and finished at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where McMahon, Nick Zinner, and session bass player Gus Seyffert (Beck, Bedouine) fleshed out the recordings.
But before we get to the meat and bones of the album comes this beautiful entree in the form of first single ‘Miki Dora’ and it’s accompanying video. Directed by cinematographer Steven Brahms the video features 17-year old Boomer Feith with McMahon appearing as both the story’s narrator and its subject.
With all the names carefully attributed, what this track and the following album is all about is McMahon’s reflections on a world insistent on changing in so many ways and remaining stagnant in so many others.
So with all that information zooming around your head, here’s a cheeky summary for you. Amen Dunes new record, Freedom, is out March 30th via Sacred Bones and the new song is below.
Oh, and it’s all a bit bloody good.