It’s Monday. All of us at one point or another hit that Monday slump where you just can’t accept the new work week. Luckily, there’s always new music to help us decompress and get us thinking like productive members of society again.
This past week I’ve been checking out a preview of Amen Dunes’ upcoming album Love. I find the music a perfect match for Monday’s with its mix of melancholy lyrics, haunting tones and folk inspired riffs, all delivered in a fuzzy Lo-Fi, calming package.
Check out the single “Lilac In Hand:”
Amen Dunes is the brainchild of Damon McMahon, based out of NYC, who cites influences such as folk legend Tim Hardin and gospel/soul powerhouses Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. The album ebbs and flows with some songs feeling like contemporary folk rock and others highly influenced by 70’s punk and psychedelic rock.
Check out “I Can’t Dig It” for a more psychedelic punk feel:
Although McMahon has typically done his work solo, Love brings together a large group of talented musicians on its tracks. According to Amen Dunes team, “Love was performed by a variety of musicians, including members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck recorded the album), Colin Stetson (sax), Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage, and McMahon’s longstanding collaborators, Jordi Wheeler (guitar and piano) and Parker Kindred (drums).”
If you enjoy this sample check out the full album tomorrow. Here’s one more taste before you go, is the first single off the album “Lonely Richard.” You can also see the new album live when Amen Dunes visits SF July 7th at Rickshaw Stop.
Photo by Tuomas Kopijaakko