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Amen Dunes, the project of Damon McMahon, was born out of a collection of songs made in the fall of 2006 in upstate New York.
Early in 2013 McMahon turned to focus on his most ambitious project yet. Where the previous Amen Dunes records had all been largely improvisational first-take affairs, recorded in a matter of weeks at most, the forthcoming full-length, Love, is the product of close to a year and a half of continuous work. Amen Dunes has always been rooted in traditional song and sound, but Love is his first work in which this so clearly shines through. The guiding influence of Astral Weeks, Sam Cooke, Tim Hardin, Marvin Gaye, Hector Lavoe, and the cosmic non-verbal mediations of Leon Thomas, all kept vigil over the songwriting of Love, and the spirit of late 60's/early 70's spiritual jazz of Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane channeled the sound.
Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23-year-old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age (“I got into punk in the third grade”) are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60′s pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60′s Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities, ‘Elevators, The ‘Dead, Olivia Tremor Control) into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop.
The San Francisco 4-piece VANIISH began when singer/guitarist Keven Tecon (Wax Idols, ex-The Soft Moon) left his previous bands after his mother's death in early 2013. "I was on tour in Eastern Europe in the middle of winter when it happened and it was too much to handle. I couldn't keep it up." After returning home Tecon decided to focus entirely on a new project along with fellow Wax Idols member Amy Rosenoff (bass) and SF music-scene luminaries Adam Beck (guitar/keyboards) and Nick Ott (drums). The album "Memory Work" is both dense and spacious, combining the atmosphere of early 4AD with the psychedelic shoegaze of Creation Records. It envelopes the listener into its world of eerie soundscapes and surreal lyrics. "There is an interesting mix of synths, guitars, samples, drum machines, and live drums. We like the idea that you can't tell what's real and what isn't."