Amen Dunes

Freedom (Sacred Bones)

Contact Jessica Linker and Stephanie Bauman about Amen Dunes

Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on March 30th via Sacred Bones. Throughout his career, Amen Dunes has transformed continuously, and Freedom, the follow-up to 2014’s Love, “an intimate work of mystery” (Pitchfork) is the project’s boldest leap yet.


In creating Freedom, 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 (BeckBedouine) fleshed out the recordings.


On the surface, Freedom is a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon’s father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The characters that populate the musical world of the album are a colorful mix of reality and fantasy. Each character portrait is a representation of McMahon, of masculinity, and of his past.


Yet, if anything, these 11 songs are a relinquishing of all of them through exposition; a gradual reorientation of being away from the acquired definitions of self we all cling to and towards something closer to what’s stated in the Agnes Martin quote that opens the record, “I don’t have any ideas myself; I have a vacant mind” and in the swirling, pitched down utterances of “That’s all not me” that close it.




    Mar 31, 2018
    Brooklyn, NY
    Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Apr 10, 2018
    Eugene, OR
    McDonald Theatre

    Apr 12, 2018
    San Pedro, CA
    Warner Grand

    Apr 14, 2018
    Marfa, TX
    Marfa Myths

    Apr 15, 2018
    San Diego, CA
    Humphreys Concerts By The Bay

    Apr 17, 2018
    Pomona, CA
    Fox Pomona

    Apr 18, 2018
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Madonna Expo Center

    Apr 20, 2018
    Berkeley, CA
    Greek Theatre

    May 07, 2018
    Houston, TX
    Revention Music Center

    May 08, 2018
    San Antonio, TX
    The Tobin Center for The Performing Arts

    May 10, 2018
    El Paso, TX
    Abraham Chavez Theatre

    May 12, 2018
    Albuquerque, NM
    Sunshine Theater

    May 14, 2018
    Tulsa, OK
    Cain's Ballroom

    May 15, 2018
    St Louis, MO
    Peabody Opera House

    May 17, 2018
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Benedum Center for The Performing Arts

    May 18, 2018
    Washington, DC

    May 19, 2018
    Columbus, OH
    Express Live

    May 21, 2018
    Nashville, TN
    The Ryman

    May 22, 2018
    Nashville, TN
    The Ryman

    May 23, 2018
    Louisville, KY
    Iroquois Amphitheater

    May 24, 2018
    Indianapolis, IN
    The Murat Theatre

    May 26, 2018
    South Burlington, VT
    The Green at Shelburne Museum

    June 14 - June 17, 2018
    Dover, DE
    Firefly Festival