It’s not too often that a collision between two very musically diverse artists comes to fruition. However, for AM & Shawn Lee, their collaboration sprouted from an idiosyncratic shared passion: both were fans of vintage French and Italian Soundtrack music as well as digital effects from the ’80s.
The duo’s somewhat serendipitous covalent bond led to them writing music together, and they eventually penned enough songs to release their first record together, Celestial Electric, in 2011. Now, two years later, they’re back with their sophomore release, La Musique Numérique, out May 7th via Park The Van Records — also home to Dr. Dog, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister and Generationals.
Perhaps the reason why this creative fusion works so well is because both musicians in the band come from very distinct musical backgrounds. AM hails from Los Angeles and is originally a soulful, folk singer/songwriter whose songs have been featured in a plethora of TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights and Criminal Minds as well as movies such as Spread and Flakes. Shawn Lee, on the other hand, is a multi-instrumentalist from London who has become one of the most sampled artists in Hip-Hop. Together, this duo has toured with the likes of AIR, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and many more.
With the release of La Musique Numerique, AM & Shawn Lee explore the themes of love, addiction, and even economic bitterness. The record is a throwback to the days of the Casio keyboard, but also remains a futuristic piece of art that is a testament to the fact that the duo continues to innovate. To give listeners a taste of what’s to come in a few months, AM & Shawn Lee have released the album’s opener, “Two Times,” for streaming and download on Rolling Stone as well as SoundCloud. The band has encouraged fans of the music to share the music in hopes of spreading the tune to as many ears as possible.
On that note, enjoy and share AM & Shawn Lee‘s amalgam of musical wonder…