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