ALBUM REVIEW: Amen Dunes – Death Jokes | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.05.24







Amen Dunes started out its life, primarily, as a folk project. While there is still a faint remanence of those original stylings on Death Jokes, overall this album marks a big departure from those roots. By embracing sampling, voice modulation and even EDM drum beats, Damon McMahon has created something unlike any of his previous work. The use of everyday conversations and laughter interspersed throughout the album creates a psychedelic, almost alien feel, as if we are eavesdropping into the lives of others. 

Despite all this, everything you’d expect from an Amen Dunes album is still here. Mellow instrumentals, poetic imagery and those signature staccato vocals are a constant throughout the track listing, anchoring the more experimental aspects of the songs.


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