Amen Dunes, the project of Damon McMahon, began as a collection of improvised songs made in the fall of 2006 in a trailer in upstate New York. After sharing them with a few friends, the tapes were shelved, and the following summer McMahon moved to China and all but quit making music. Three years later they emerged to underground critical acclaim as D.I.A., prompting McMahon to move home and begin performing live in the US and in Europe with a rotating cast of musicians, in recent years focused around the core of Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred. Amen Dunes releases have taken a variety of forms, from spoken word and bedroom industrial music, to downer Ethiopian covers and harsh folk, to classic American ballads. At the center of its various manifestations, however, all Amen Dunes music is the exploration of the alien elemental song.