AM & Shawn Lee, The Michael J Epstein Memorial Library, The Bynars
AM & Shawn Lee are finishing up a new album and you can be a part of the process, be the first to hear the tracks, and get involved. Check it out here:
Celestial Electric finds L.A.-based indie-pop auteur AM and London-based groovemaster/experimentalist Lee pooling their talents to create 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.
Celestial Electric’s sleek, boundary-pushing approach is reflected on such uplifting tunes as the insightful generational anthem “Dark Into Light,” the bittersweetly soulful “City Boy” and the hauntingly intimate “Can’t Figure It Out,” which merge irresistible melodicism with deeply distinctive grooves. Elsewhere, “The Signal” demonstrates the duo’s penchant for exotic, eclectic arrangements, suggesting an ’80s Bollywood synth-pop dance party, while the swaggeringly funky instrumental “Callahan” (named in honor of Clint Eastwood’s ’70s cop anti-hero Dirty Harry) conjures up a bracingly atmospheric vibe a la Lalo Schifrin, while adding a dollop of futuristic electronic melody. The twosome’s irresistible pop sensibility also drives their effervescent reading of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ 1974 hit “Jackie Blue”.
AM & Shawn Lee documented their recording process in Los Angeles and London through photos, emails, and behind the scenes studio videos. Andy Votel, U.K. DJ and tastemaker mixologist of Finders Keepers/B-Music fame, provided the album’s cover design and liner notes. The album is now available worldwide.
Limited Edition merch at: http://www.amsounds.bandcamp.com/
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AM & Shawn Lee Somebody Like You Tour 2012
Aug 21 Special Guest DJ Set with AM & Shawn Lee @Fall Lounge LA, CA
Aug 22 KALX Presents: Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA*
Aug 24 The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA^
Aug 25 Ubiquity Records Presents: The Copper Door, Santa Ana, CA
Aug 28 Ryan’s Smashing Life Presents: Great Scott, Boston, MA#
Aug 29 New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
Aug 30 ESL Music Presents: Montserrat House, Washington, DC
Aug 31 Filter Presents: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY$
Sep 02 Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
* opener Nino Moschella
^ opener Shanee Pink (of Pink & Noseworthy)
# openers Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, and The Bynars
$ openers Cold Blood Club, and Wishes And Thieves
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The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library is the world’s only librarian-attired, downtempo, indie, ensemble-pop act featuring intricately constructed, tongue-in-cheek tortuous songs with an emphasis on narrative.
“Michael Epstein, the brains behind all this musical genius, integrates parts of his life to make music that moves from genre to genre without any borders.”” – Magnet
“I don’t know what sort of perverse musical mind comes up with the idea of forming a nine-piece pop orchestra made up of eight girls who’ve never been in bands before and one guy who looks bizarrely like a young Groucho Marx, but this is what it is!” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2
The Bynars are a synth-pop trio from Boston, MA.
“If Weezer and The B-52’s got drunk and hooked up, their offspring would be The Bynars… Deliriously danceable rock doesn’t get any better.” — Lonely Vagabond
“The Bynars’ [debut album] is a sparkly, spiky, adrenalized dash through a Rentals-meets-Passion Pit electro-pop dream that buzzes with Weezer-y guitars, old school new wave synth squiggles, and perky songs about weighty topics like asking your mom for money.” — The Boston Globe
“Contagious, danceable rock .” — Performer Magazine
“Chair dancing to these songs is a certainty” — Music Savage
♫ New Album “The Bynars” Now Available!