AM & Shawn Lee will release their sophomore album, La Musique Numérique (French for “digital music”), on May 7th via Park The Van Records. A follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Celestial Electric, the new album is a sun-filled, space-funk masterwork that blends early digital technology with decade-blurring songwriting. La Musique Numérique sees the duo expanding their influences– with hints of disco, funk, soul and reggae– while simultaneously refining their sound and tightening production. It is currently available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon.
Album opener “Two Times” introduces the record with a tip of the hat to Sleng Teng Riddim’s technological origin: the Casio MT-40 keyboard. AM & Shawn Lee recently shared the “Two Times” MP3, and as a special Record Store Day release, they will treat fans to a limited edition 7” on April 20th. The track also got a makeover by indie pop band Colorama, who add a gritty rock vibe with buzzing electric guitars. You can download the “Two Times” (Colorama remix) MP3 where it premiered with Under The Radar today or HERE, and we encourage you to post & share.
Album track “Automatic” features an irresistible chorus punctuated by a danceable beat, funky filtered bass lines, and an electric sitar intro that will have you immediately hooked. “In The Aftermath” is a sonically rich ballad with swirling layers of vintage synth instrumentation that set an atmospheric tone, showing a softer side of the album. Closing the album is an otherworldly cover of Joe Jackson’s 1982 hit “Steppin’ Out”– a version that sees the new wave classic taken deeper into the cosmos.
Having already played alongside Phoenix, AIR, Sigur Ros, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, AM & Shawn Lee will bring their infectious live show on the road this summer. Be sure to catch the band live in your city, and stayed tuned for more from the duo coming soon!
AM & Shawn Lee on Tour:
Sounds of Summer Tour 2013
6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios – TICKETS
6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey – TICKETS
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt – TICKETS
6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall – TICKETS
6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston – TICKETS
6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory – TICKETS
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas – TICKETS
6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup – TICKETS
6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – TICKETS
6/27: San Jose, CA @ Pagoda – TICKETS
6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo – TICKETS
6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin – TICKETS