Precious Life

by AM

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    "Precious Life", produced with Joey Waronker (Beck, Yeasayer, Atoms For Peace), is the new album from Los Angeles songwriter AM. Returning from an ultra prolific period with electro soul partner Shawn Lee, AM summons a dreamy sound on his new solo outing. With Waronker behind the drums and the board and with AM doing just about everything else, the two carefully craft a record that is honest and emotional, yet swings and pulses. Restrictions work in AM's favor. Simple keyboard lines rely more on tone than prowess, intricate finger-picking pays homage to the best acoustic records while drum machines and topical synths accompany. Music made for the headphones...the big ones that is.
    The album title track "Precious Life" delivers a bare, soulful guitar driven track rotating the question, “Who are you, with your precious life?” which openly critiques social hierarchies of this time. "The Move" glides along on an analog wave of minimal synth stylings with light tight soul underneath...a last ditch effort at romance for a jaded bachelor. Instrumental cuts like "Aqua Velva" soar with Nashville tunings, consumer model keyboards, banjo and organ. The drumming is raw, a treat for fans of Waronker's playing and "Precious Life" captures sonically what it's title suggests.
    The record is intimate, up close...even the groovers. You're hearing the details clearly and, hopefully, appreciating the sensation.
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about

This news has been a long time coming, but I am releasing a new AM album in the Spring of 2016 titled "Precious Life"-- this album is 25 tracks including bonus tracks and instrumentals.

I've been working on it with good friend and collaborator Joey Waronker for what seems like forever. Some of you may know Joey from bands such as Beck and Atoms For Peace or from his productions for artists such as Other Lives and Yeasayer. For me it was an honor and a privilege to work with such an outstanding drummer and producer.

This is as honest an album as I could have made having played every single instrument on it myself (save the drums and percussion...that would be foolish ; )

As with the last AM & Shawn Lee release we're offering some super advanced Limited Edition pre-order opportunities that will only be available for a short time. Blue Vinyl!

The album design was done in Paris by the amazing artist Hung Ton and the Limited Edition custom blue vinyl was again pressed at world renowned Record Technology, Inc.

We're also doing a super limited, eco-friendly gatefold CD that could have your name as a big fat THANK YOU for making it all happen. I've decided to put this out myself so please consider your involvement as a means to help fund the record.

I'm so glad to finally get to share "Precious Life" with all of you.

Much love,

AM

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released May 20, 2016

Produced by Joey Waronker and AM. Recorded and mixed by Joey Waronker. Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

All guitars, vocals, bass, organ and synthesizers by AM. All drums, percussion and drum machine programming by Joey Waronker. Lyrics by AM. Piano on "Love is a Simple Plan" by Brett Bixby. Synthesizers and organ on "Precious Life" by Brad Gordon. All songs published by Edgecliffe Music (ASCAP) except "Dreamscape", "The Move", "Aqua Velva" and "No Truth" published by Edgecliffe Music (ASCAP) and Fluff Ball Music (BMI). All songs copyright 2016 AM Sounds. Song sequence by Alfonso Carrillo. Cover image: Edizioni Ciclamino "Aspetti Della Natura", "Atmosfere". Layout and design by Hung Ton. Special thanks to Joey Waronker, Brad Gordon, Brett Bixby, Alfonso Carrillo, Hung Ton, Marco Melchiori and James Pianta.

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Track Name: Precious Life
Precious Life

who are you
with your precious life
who are you
with your precious life
precious life

i saw the stars when i looked at you
i saw the northern plain
when i decided i would take it all
it didn't feel the same

i guess i knew we would soon divide
and you were out of reach
i couldn't trust all that you withheld
i couldn't quite believe

who are you
with your precious life
who are you
with your precious life
precious life
Track Name: Love and Habit
Love and Habit

i don't believe in magic
so what'd you do to me
i don't understand it
but it's become so demanding
you've got a hold on me
i don't even care
what i see
what i hear
i'm mixing love and habit
i'm mixing love with whatever cuz

everybody wants it
everybody wants it
everybody wants it
everybody wants it
blowing up the streetlights
baby won't you be mine
tell me that you won't go
let me on the inside

i'm counting every minute
that you give to me
i can't see
the truth in your eyes
i refuse to recognize
now you know what you want
but i can't hear what you say
cuz there's nothing i can do in the middle
of it all
at least i can admit it
Track Name: The Move
The Move

recognize
your face in the crowd
in the mix
and you're looking around
and you know
you've got them all hypnotized
i see the move
and i've found you out

i'm running out of time
i want you
i'm running out of time

i see a new
look in your eye
you explain
that we were just a moment in time
love is a myth
nothing to rely on
you have to get what you can
while you're young and alive

we're running out of time
i need you
tonight
we're running out of time

i didn't know why
i didn't know why
i didn't know why
didn't know why
i didn't know why
i didn't know why
i didn't know why
didn't know why
Track Name: Heavenly Eyes
Heavenly Eyes

you wouldn't go unnoticed
you'd never be out of focus
waiting at the back of the line
i like what's on your surface
but you're making me nervous
i can't remember my lines
that's if you gave me the time

now i can't deliver all those diamonds and things
but i'll give you what i have and you'll be my everything

you’ve got those heavenly eyes
you’ve got those heavenly eyes
i'd believe all your lies
you’ve got those heavenly eyes

i like to watch you in motion
i'd multiply my devotion
just so i could be in your realm
it's in the way that you're movin'
i don't know what you're doing
um, but you're doing it well
you don't need any help

the lines are getting so blurry
is there a true love to be found
not saying i'm worried, you know
but i'm hoping that you'll come around
or do the rich boys hold the ticket
with you as the winning prize
Track Name: Love Is A Simple Plan
Love is a Simple Plan

I’m the hopeless
you the hopeful
you are seamless
i seem to struggle
your light is contagious
my darkness drains you

now i'm floating in a sea of memories
of what i did
and how you were good to me
and it seems i've missed all the connections
lost my direction
lost my direction

from dust to nothing
we're leaving something
would you wish for
the same unfolding
and time repays you
for all that you gave it

now i'm floating in a sea of memories
of what i did
and how you were good to me
and it seems i’ve missed all the connections
lost my direction
in a moment i turned gold into sand
love is a simple plan
love is a simple plan
Track Name: Mystery Sought, Mystery Lost
Mystery Sought, Mystery Lost

In time
Our end will come
It’s inevitable
It’s inevitable

Fate
I don’t believe
Never sensical
Never sensical

Know
It won’t be long
It’s a merry go round
And we carry on

These eyes
Won’t look to the blue skies now
I hope that you realize
I’m thinking of you

No root and no cause
The mystery sought
The mystery lost
Why, why do we love
Why do we love
When we’re limited
Track Name: Your Misfortune
Your Misfortune

staring at the city light
keep away unwanted forces
never know when the love is right
never know when it's heading for you
lie awake and your eyes roam
never sure of who to follow
i know you have a heavy life
heaven knows you needed someone


can't see it with the naked eye
what it means to live in darkness
there were times you couldn't hide
what it was that was heading for you
two lives from a model frame
one tired and one with fortune
will you choose to center on
all the love or your misfortune
Track Name: No Truth
No Truth

i'm in deep
more than anyone could see
more than i would ever say
but I’m not leaving
i'm still hearing
voices i don't want to believe
notice every word you say
has two meanings

warning signs
i can hardly recognize
i should've known this
holding time
we don't need to theorize
how can i hold this

bells pulled tight
rung when no one else can see
there's no truth in what you say
no truth in you and me

warning signs
i can hardly recognize
i should've known this
holding time
we don't need to theorize
how can i hold this
Track Name: The World Will Go On Without You
The World Will Go On Without You

Watch it all go by
We're running out of time
Why believe in the little things
It's a scene and they always seem to change

With the wonder of surprise
A beautiful disguise
And we're living in an easy age

That's why is it so hard to say

The world will go on without you
Like a memory unmade
The world will go on without you

Didn't read between the lines
Made a picture perfect life
I believed in the little things
Didn't see the seasons start to change

And there's a limit on goodbyes
Not made that way you see
I'm outdated for the modern day

That's why it's so hard to say
The world will go on without you
Like a memory unmade
The world will go on without you
If you see it any other way
The world will go on without you
Track Name: Wartorn (Bonus Track)
Wartorn

You never think it will be untrue
The first time you believe it
But it wasn't me that untied
The loose ends now
We were walking in an ocean
My eyes were burning
And it wouldn't be the last time
You let me down

Though we never had the glory
I gave fully to the cause
And only one of us was warring
The other giving way
All I needed then was your love
But your love was leaving
So I've had to rise above it
No one can show me how
Track Name: Limited Love (Bonus Track)
Limited Love

don't stutter at the doorstep
say what can you say
do you know just how you feel
or what you want
i'm standing in the doorway
no direction to go
inside only to forget
or back to our life
don't you know that it's so hard
to look in your eyes

don't know what to follow
cuz i'm wrong half the time wrong half the time
can we keep the lights on
will it hold down the line hold down the line

what was the connection
you leave in your heart in that place
cuz you know better than i do
if it was limited love
and if we're ever to move on
i've got to know i'm enough