Damon McMahon, the Brooklyn-based songwriter who releases music as Amen Dunes, released a full-length earlier this year called Love on Sacred Bones, and "Lonely Richard" is one of that record's most stunning numbers, a song that McMahon describes as "a self portrait delivered to me from other planets." Shot in two days on 16mm film, the New York-centric official video for the song takes the viewer through various boroughs and beyond (the woods, a street fair) in an attempt to, as director Kenneth Zoran Curwood says, "channel the land from which [the song] flows." It's trippy to watch—and not just because of the shifting, out-of-focus visuals or the song's mind-expanding melody. Its commitment to its own sluggish pace is like being stuck inside a memory that's neither good nor bad, it just is.
Watch Amen Dunes’ Dreamlike “Lonely Richard” Video
It was shot on 16mm film in two days.
Photographer Sebastian Mlynarski
November 17, 2014