The mysterious, half-masked L.A.-based indie-pop auteur AM and London-based groovemaster/experimentalist Shawn Lee met cute over the internet , became AM & SHAWN LEE and before you knew it are the latest signees to ESL Music where they just put out a great record “Celestial Electric” which showcases their love of “vintage genres, encompassing pop, soul, funk, jazz, Brazilian tropicalia, Turkish psychedelia, and soundtracks and library music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s”.
This weekend, you get a chance to catch them not once but TWICE in one day: for a special RLife DJ set in collaboration with Renaissance Hotels at 6pm and then a live show @ Montserrat house at 10pm (with Peggy Sue to boot!) so we figured it’s as good of a time as any to catch up with them online and have them tell us a little bit about some of their favorite tracks from their new record. Enjoy below:
DARK INTO LIGHT, like many of the tracks on our album Celestial Electric started with Shawn sending me a drum beat. It had such a funky groove it would have been easy to have everything follow that. Instead of writing on the guitar or bass (which I traditionally did more of) I chose to start building this track on the keyboard. Since my keyboard playing is pretty bad coming up with a simple line is never a problem, but often I feel a cool unique tone and a simple line is all you really need. I wrote the whole bass line on a cheap Casio and later replaced it with a Moog Rogue. The result is a very keyboard heavy track with very little guitar. The vocal came with the bass line so the whole tune was written in about 10 minutes. My previous keyboardist Jesse Nason and current touring keyboardist Brett Bixby topped the tune off with some tasty parts. I knew we had something pretty special with this song.