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Amen Dunes polished up their experimental folk rock with “Love”, the band’s fifth release, which will be out in full May 13th on Sacred Bones Records. Amen Dunes proved their weirdo credibility when their label turned their last album, “Spoiler”, away because it was just a bit too wonky, a collection of found sounds and electronic instrumental ballads. Not phased, the band released the album to stream online instead, and moved forward to focus on how to incorporate these musical experiments into more classic song structures. Reigning in and funneling down these odd samples and noises, Amen Dunes managed to create their own distinct atmospheric sound. The album is filled with psychedelic dreaminess,  and the exotic summery tone seems to transport you away to somewhere earthy and magical. There are instrumental moments that make these songs so deeply mesmerizing, like the the droning noises spattered across the background of “Lonely Richard”, which drag the listener along with the chopping rhythm and vocals.  Gone is the subjectivity of Amen Dunes’ more experimental music, and paired with the ambient sounds are thoughtful and sad lyrics. Digging deep into retro influences the album has an undeniable aged feel to it, topped off by the the vintage sounding vocals of Damon McMahon, establishing a distinct nostalgia for older places and music. Amen Dunes’ full and whirling experimental folk has truly hit a stride on this album, and hopefully the band with continue to walk forward.


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