12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

If the not-too-distant future should produce a serious revival of '70s lite rock, the hip people of tomorrow may look back on 2011’s collaboration between AM and Shawn Lee as the seed of the soft revolution. The opening tune exudes acoustic-based funk (dig those deep, grooving beats) and some willowy singing that recalls the sun-flared songs of Bread. “Lonely Life” follows, with analog keyboard magic played over a marching beat; AM sings like Gerry Beckley from the band America before slipping into some sexy falsettos. Even the dub-inspired echo and repetitive rhythms of “Can’t Figure It Out” don’t diminish the song’s soft-rock vibes. “Dark into Light” has more in common with bands like Air and Stereolab, with its braiding of analog synths and modern, innovative production. But a stellar cover of Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ “Jackie Blue” keeps things sounding like bygone bellbottomed radio gold.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If the not-too-distant future should produce a serious revival of '70s lite rock, the hip people of tomorrow may look back on 2011’s collaboration between AM and Shawn Lee as the seed of the soft revolution. The opening tune exudes acoustic-based funk (dig those deep, grooving beats) and some willowy singing that recalls the sun-flared songs of Bread. “Lonely Life” follows, with analog keyboard magic played over a marching beat; AM sings like Gerry Beckley from the band America before slipping into some sexy falsettos. Even the dub-inspired echo and repetitive rhythms of “Can’t Figure It Out” don’t diminish the song’s soft-rock vibes. “Dark into Light” has more in common with bands like Air and Stereolab, with its braiding of analog synths and modern, innovative production. But a stellar cover of Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ “Jackie Blue” keeps things sounding like bygone bellbottomed radio gold.

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About AM & Shawn Lee

AM & Shawn Lee is a collaboration between London-based multi-instrumentalist/producer Shawn Lee and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter AM. After listening to Lee's 2004 album Music and Rhythm: Ubiquity Studio Sessions, Vol. 1, AM contacted Lee and the duo quickly discovered a shared love of various '60s and '70s sounds, including Brazilian tropicalia, psychedelic-tinged soft rock, Italian film music, and more. A long-distance songwriting partnership developed online, with the musicians sending tracks and ideas back and forth. In 2011, AM & Shawn Lee released their debut full-length studio effort, Celestial Electric, on Thievery Corporation member Rob Garza's ESL (Eighteenth Street Lounge) label. Two years later, they returned with the '70s and '80s analog synth-infused La Musique Numerique. In 2015, AM & Shawn Lee released their third album, Outlines, which found them taking inspiration from the funky, atmospheric world of stock '70s U.K. library music recordings. ~ Matt Collar

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