12” Vinyl EP from Amen Dunes, made up of the bits that didn’t quite fit or make it onto his album Love. Alternative versions of songs from the album display the raw sound of Damon McMahon’s voice, coming out somewhere between Rolf Klausener of The Acorn and Tim Buckley - fitting as here there is also a cover of This Mortal Coil’s version of the Buckley Track Song to the Siren.
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The last time I reviewed an Amen Dunes album I was having a particular issue with his voice. Doesn’t seem to be bothering me on this EP of stuff that didn’t fit onto the album I was having such a problem with. Opener ‘I Know Myself (Montreal)’ is a fine way to start. A drifting repetitive acoustic track with the horn-like vocal delivery of '60’s troubadours Tims Buckley and Hardin. The subsequent cover of Buckley’s ‘Song to the Siren’ could be described in one word: pointless. It's been done so many times before and no-one will surpass This Mortal Coil’s version in any case.
Elsewhere though I’m enjoying myself, he has a murky dirge like sound over which his vocal stretches and strains like a taut elastic band over the material. Sometimes I’m reminded of a more acoustic-based Brian Jonestown Massacre particularly on ‘Green Eyes (Music Blues)’ with its soaring psych guitar solo’s and Beatlesy mantra-ish rhythms. The final ‘Love (Montreal)’ continues with this theme of simple guitar and piano compositions and straining impassioned yet never over the top vocal and again recalls Tim Hardin. I really must give that previous album another go as on this evidence I may have misjudged it.
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