Sunday, 24 October 2010
Having recorded his previous album (last year's Dia, released on Locust) in a cabin out in the Catskills, Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon made this record in a Beijing apartment whilst living out in China. Quite remarkably, all the tracks here bar 'Diane' and 'Murder Dull Mind' were one take recordings completely made up on the spot. Fans of McMahon's previous work might be surprised by the lack of structure on show for some of these improvisations, but those aforementioned two 'proper' songs make up the balance with some heartfelt, haunting acoustics.
"...this single captures both the noisy and saccharine sweet sides of the band and should keep fans sated for now. 'I Swear I'll Never Let You Go' is a two-and-a-half-minute downer-pop gem, four harmonies and all. The A-side, 'Pretty Joanna' is virtually the opposite with a melody buried under layers of warm cascading fuzz and feedback."
Debut album of feral, blistered Rock 'n Roll and distorted cold wave from Timmy's Organism for the brilliant Sacred Bones label. All ten songs were recorded between 2007-2010 and cross electrified train lines between raucous stompers like 'Ugly Dream' to more tender moments of piano, distortion and electronics on 'Building The Friend-ship', visiting emaciated, Suicide-esque wavey sh*t in 'Give It To Me Babe' or the Cold Cave-ish 'Silver Mountain' in between.
Straight-up ElectroBass from Spain. 'Wires' is just the kind of sternly funked-up gear we could imagine Dave Clarke kicking out, and equally 'Extrany' should get a few leathered grimaces on the 'floor. Dropping the Bass suspension a notch lower, Hydraulix gives a harder-edged, booming remix.