Amen Dunes

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Free­dom

In his ten years as Amen Dunes, Da- mon McMa­hon has never shied away from in­tro­spec­tion. Free­dom, the New York-based song­writer’s fifth al­bum, over­came sev­eral ob­sta­cles through­out its cre­ation. From scrapped record­ing ses­sions to his mother be­ing di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal can­cer, un­re­solved hard­ship and trauma of­ten guide the spir­i­tual roller­coaster of McMa­hon’s most per­sonal work to date. With a pow­er­ful list of col­lab­o­ra­tors — in­clud­ing Beach House pro­ducer Chris Coady, and gui­tarists Nick Zin­ner and Del­i­cate Steve, among oth­ers — Amen Dunes re­fine their eerie psych-pop gaze with sprawl­ing at­mo­spheric pro­duc­tion and crys­talline gui­tar riffs. The al­bum opens with “Blue Rose,” a swirling pop gem with sharp per­cus­sion and sil­very chords or­bit­ing around McMa­hon’s

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