Amen Dunes

TSM represents Amen Dunes licensing/sync rights for: World

Artist Description: It’s safe to say that Damon McMahon, the singer/songwriter who records under the moniker Amen Dunes, had a breakout year in 2018. His critically acclaimed LP Freedom might have been four years in the making, but it obviously paid off. After years of releasing lo-fi albums to cult success, McMahon finally reached a broader audience and used his new album to connect emotionally, and spiritually, to the many new listeners. It seems odd to single out an album for its humanity—presumably that should be central to any album—but Freedom is a much more human record than most. 

Though the lyrics on his previous records contained an improvisational beauty, McMahon evolved into more of a raconteur on Freedom. It centers on the relinquishing of the self as he delivers cathartic personal stories about schoolboys, religion, toxic masculinity and his complicated relationship with his parents. Straddling between the abstract and autobiographical, McMahon doesn’t present himself as an earnest narrator or embark on aimless, metaphysical tangents. He wields stories with great care—holding his own feet to the fire and respecting the journeys of each of the characters. This album cycle saw McMahon gain notoriety—being profiled by publications like GQ, Spin and Stereogum, and receiving broad critical acclaim. Freedom is also his most sonically accessible album so far. His last LP—2014’s Love—has a warm, mythic beauty to its songs that was a
happy medium between his darker, earlier records like 2011’s Through Donkey Jaw and 2009’s DIA.

Label: Sacred Bones

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