AM & Shawn Lee premiere their first music video, for “Dark Into Light” today via Consequence of Sound. The minimalistic animated clip was directed by Christian Borstlap and the Part of a Bigger Plan agency. The animators on the video were Paul Postma and Rens Wegerif.
AM & Shawn Lee are hitting the road with Fool’s Gold to co-headline East Coast shows in support of their new album Celestial Electric on ESL. AM & Shawn Lee will be launching their tour as special guests touring as support for Thievery Corporation and performing their own headlining dates.
AM has been DJing regularly at the Verdugo bar in LA — you can check out a recent full dj set here — As you can hear from their mix tapes/ live DJ sets, AM & Shawn Lee’s crates contain 60’s and 70’s Italian, French and other obscure soundtrack music, library music, bossa, samba, soul and more. In the end AM & Shawn Lee create soulful psychedelic pop with funky basslines combined with falsetto vocals that are ready-made for the jam band circuit.
The musical collaboration of AM & Shawn Lee has resulted in a unique brand of electro-soul that achieves seamless pop perfection, while mining a startlingly broad array of stylistic influences. The resulting blend of heartfelt, warmly melodic songcraft and vivid, inventive soundscapes underlines the artists’ abiding love for all manner of vintage genres, encompassing pop, soul, funk, jazz, Brazilian tropicalia, Turkish psychedelia, and soundtracks and library music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
AM & Shawn Lee documented their recording process in Los Angeles and London through photos, emails, and behind the scenes studio videos. The first behind the scenes video is for their debut single “Dark Into Light.” Additional behind the scenes studio footage of the the song “Spin It Around” see here. The upcoming album Celestial Electric coming out September 6 on digipack CD, digital, and limited edition gatefold vinyl with artwork by Andy Votel.
09/07 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
09/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
09/09 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater*
09/10 Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan*
09/13 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern#
09/14 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
09/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*
09/19 Boston, Mass Middle East #
09/20 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie^
09/21 Washington, DC Black Cat^
09/22 Mercury Lounge, NYC, NY^
09/23 Lovin’ Cup, Rochester NY#
09/28 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA#
# = AM & Shawn Lee headlining shows
* = w/ Thievery Cooperation
^ = co-headlining with Fool’s Gold
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