Celestial Electric (Deluxe Version)

by AM & Shawn Lee

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about

Debut album from AM & Shawn Lee

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released 11 April 2012

Produced by AM & Shawn Lee
Mixed by Shawn Lee and Pierre Duplan at Trans Yank, London, England
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Mastering, Berkeley, California
London sessions recorded by Pierre Duplan at Trans Yank
Drums recorded by Shawn Lee
Los Angeles sessions recorded by Brad Gordon at BG's Magic Carpet Studios
except "Winter Sun" recorded by Mike Sawitzke

Music by AM & Shawn Lee. Lyrics by AM. All songs published by Celestial Electric Music/ASCAP except "Jackie Blue" written by Larry Lee & Steve Cash and published by Irving Music/BMI

Artwork and design by Andy Votel

From: ANDY VOTEL
Date: 26 May 2011 18:49:52 BST
To: SHAWN LEE, AM-MUSIC
Subject: LINER NOTES

Hi Shawn / AM

Greetings from Barcelona. Sorry for the slight delay. Just stuck in the longest airport queue I've seen since Majorca in 1982, I can almost hear a ghost transmission of late period Las Grecas on the airport tannoy, I know you both love that shit. I think that cosmic volcanic dust must holding up ATT (and I'm not talking about the stuff that the customs sniffer dogs are addicted to). I can't help thinking about the artwork for the LP when anyone mentions these volcanic clouds.

I agree with your idea about doing some liner notes, it's certainly something that is lacking in modern music. The majors have pretty much succeeded in eradicating that physical element out of buying 'records' by shrinking down the artwork to approximately "non-existent" and without that art/sound unison it seems liner notes have become endangered speeches. I wonder what's next, drum-tax? Maybe they'll create music that self-destructs at the age of 30 like Logan's Run. Perhaps they'll just inject a fake musical memory into your head just to cut out the studio costs.... Or will it all end up in a second hand mp3 shop? XMP3-VG+? I think an LP like yours would defo suit some liners. Taking these things out of pop music is like taking costume away from opera, or acting away from film (or has someone already done that? Sorry)

I DJ'ed in the lobby of a very futuristic hotel last night. You two woulda loved it. Very Italo Giallo, Profondo Rosso meets Woody's Sleeper. It looked like an Eames showroom with a lot of expensive molded plastic in there, was gonna try and order a shot of Moloko Velocet from the bar until I saw the prices! Have you seen that episode of Space 1999 where Big Jim Sullivan does an electronic sitar recital to a seated audience of 60's proto-thinsulate jumpsuits... I like to think he kept that outfit on at the Melody Nelson sessions... Maybe you could base your live show on that scene! Would also suit the line-up. Barcelona is looking very futuristic nowadays but I still managed to hit the old flea markets, bought a lot of 80's library stuff which sounds very much like some of Celestial Electric. I had to pass on a bunch of 16mm Italian and Spanish horror stuff, a few Ray Lovelock bits, they were pretty trashed. Maybe we could have sellotaped them altogether and made a feature long video for the album (or AM could use them for visuals at Rendezvous???). It's hard to concentrate on the wax when you’re tripping over mountains of second-hand foreign language games consoles, VHS tapes and lost Terminator X sunglasses. I felt like saying "how much for the lot?" but then there's probably a kid back at that hotel who has the content of the whole market downloaded onto his phone... including the sunglasses.

I'm Glad you're digging the Kollywood stuff btw... Plenty more where that comes from! I love the fact that it sounds like it was recorded at a religious ceremony in 1955 until that huge DX7 bass line kicks in with an electronic tabla. Ticks all your boxes eh? Celestial Electric indeed.

Anyway, I'm nearly at the front of the queue now, better sharpen up and smile so I can take this record bag in the cabin. I hope you've raised enough pledge-funds for your gigs (and your tour DJ!!! Hint) Hopefully I haven't missed the deadline for the liner-notes... Maybe you should just use this email instead.

See you next Friday
A.V. (ator)

1. City Boy
AM - nylon string guitar, electric guitar, Roland 09 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, 12 string guitar, glockenspiel

2. Lonely Life
AM - electric guitar, Roland 09 synthesizer, lead vocal, claps
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, glockenspiel, marimba, claps
Jesse Nason - Roland SH-101 synthesizer
Brad Gordon - claps

3. Can't Figure It Out
AM - bass, 12 string electric guitar, Casio SA-38 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, backing vocals
Brett Bixby - Korg Micro synthesizer
Jesse Nason - Roland Alpha Juno 1 synthesizer

4. Dark Into Light
AM - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Moog Rogue synthesizer, Casio SA-38 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, claps, backing vocals
Brett Bixby - Korg Micro synthesizer
Jesse Nason - Yamaha PSS-480 synthesizer

5. Different Forces
AM - lead vocal, backing vocals
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, acoustic guitar,12 string guitar, nylon string guitar, piano, vibes, Crumar Multiman-S, Phillips Phillicorda organ, Casio MT 400V synthesizer, backing vocals
Brad Gordon - backing vocals

6. Jackie Blue
AM - electric guitar, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, piano, electric guitars,Yamaha PSR-6 synthesizer, Phillips Phillicorda organ, Crumar Multiman-S, Casio MT 400V synthesizer, Hohner E6 clavinet, harmony vocals

7. Somebody Like You
AM - bass, electric guitar, Roland Juno 106 synthesizer, claps, snaps, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, electric guitars, piano, Casio MT 400V synthesizer, Yamaha PSS-380 synthesizer, Phillips Phillicorda organ, claps, Yamaha CS 5 synthesizer
Brad Gordon - claps, snaps

8. Promises Are Never Far From Lies
AM - bass, Yamaha PSS-480 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, electric guitars, Hohner E6 Clavinet
Brett Bixby - Moog Lil' Phatty synthesizer
Brad Gordon - Nord Electro 2 Synthesizer, Voce V5 organ

9. Down The Line
AM - electric guitar, banjo, Yamaha PSS-380 synthesizer, Yamaha PSS-480 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, glockenspiel, virginal harpsichord
Brad Gordon - flugelhorn

10. The Signal
AM - 12 string electric guitar, electric guitar, Yamaha PSR-12 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, electric guitars, Yamaha PSR-6 synthesizer, Yamaha PSS-380 synthesizer, Crumar Multiman-S, Casio PT-20, Casio MT 400V synthesizer, Yamaha CS 5 synthesizer, glockenspiel

11. Winter Sun
AM - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, Casio PT-80 synthesizer, lead vocal
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion, bass, piano, Yamaha CS 1 synthesizer, Roland Rhythm 330 drum machine, glockenspiel, snaps

12. Callahan
AM - bass, Casio SA-38 synthesizer, Yamaha PSS-380 synthesizer, Roland 09 synthesizer
Shawn Lee - drums, percussion
Brett Bixby - Korg Micro synthesizer, Moog Lil' Phatty synthesizer
Brad Gordon - tack piano
www.amandshawnlee.com
www.amsounds.com
www.shawnlee.net

AM thanks - Shawn Lee for the inspiration to make music in an entirely new way, Mia for doing more work than anybody realizes, Brad Gordon...thank you for all your hard work and invaluable input, Brett Bixby for your groovy parts and continued dedication even through your most difficult times, Jesse Nason for synth-tastic contributions...and for loaning me your Yamahas, Mom, Dad and Erin for continued support, JJ for lifting my spirits daily, Blake West for the countless contributions, Mike Sawitzke for stepping in on "Winter Sun", Pete McNeal for helping us bring this to the stage, Andy Votel...still freaking out that you did our artwork, Jason Bentley, Ariana Morgenstern and all at KCRW who supported this record early, all my friends who heard this record along the way and encouraged me, Michael Castro for lending me the Rogue, Gary Jules, Marlene Tsuchii and Spencer Sherman at CAA, Visionworks Music, ASCAP, ESL, the crew at Rendezvous, Killer Rock From Space

Shawn Lee thanks - AM - you have inspired me on this album and done many incredible things. Much more to come....Mia - for all your hard work and vision on this project, Andrew Jervis & Michael Mcfadin at Ubiquity for helping us launch this record, my wife Kiren and my girls MELA & SEELA for always sticking with me and your precious love, Pierre - thanks for always pressing record and your lovely French ears! Jason Bentley and all the good people at KCRW, Brett Bixby the legend, Jesse Nason, Brad Gordon and your magic carpets, Pete McNeal my brother from another mother, Andy Votel-for all the things you do. You are an inspiration. Adrian Quesada, Adrian Younge, Bruno Ybarra, Nick Luscombe, Rob Garza and everyone at ESL, Casio & Yamaha for all your cheap plastic goodness! Dengue Fever, CAA, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Kramford Look, Virgil Howe, The Superimposers, Killer Rock From Space

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Track Name: City Boy
City Boy
Lyrics by AM



sit in back rows

with nothing to say

born into headphones

running away

you needed someone

to turn you around

you couldn't make it alone



come get what you wanted

there's nothing denied

you're at the center

of everyone's eye

places we're going

you wouldn't believe

you are my ultimate prize



in the light

city boy is blind

wanted for your style

silly boy you



now you'll be my lady

living in my city

i'm waiting now my lady

it's time for you to pay your dues



in the light

city boy is blind

wanted for your style

i'm waiting for you



you
Track Name: Lonely Life
Lonely Life
Lyrics by AM



on the surface

every night

beauty haunts you

deep inside

i don't know you

you don't mind

for the moment

feel alive



but you're living a lonely life



here to serve you

and comply

let us falter

unionize

never notice

what you find

tell me stories

tell me lies

you don't know me

i don't mind

in the bedroom

feel alive



cuz we're living a lonely life

and we're living a lonely life

yeah we're living a lonely life



and we're living a lonely life

and we're living a lonely life

yeah we're living a lonely life
Track Name: Can't Figure It Out
Can't Figure It Out
lyrics by AM



when i woke up yesterday

i thought about what you said

how we're heading for new lives

and we're not the same



and i knew we'd day goodbye

according to the visions that you had

we're heading for new lives

and they're not the same



we're heading for new lives

and we're not the same



i can't figure it out

i waited on you

i can't figure it out

only love what is new

i can't figure it out

won't blame it on you

i can't figure it out

figure it out



in the night i had a dream

that the innocent would win

but you're heading for a new life

with nothing much to say



and you're heading for a new life

with nothing much to say



i can't figure it out

i waited on you

i can't figure it out

only love what is new

i can't figure it out

won't blame it on you

i can't figure it out

figure it out
Track Name: Dark Into Light
Dark Into Light
Lyrics by AM



what's your name

do you feel the same

up all night

think about our lives



when we're gone

our ghosts live on

so have we tried

have we done our best

to turn the wrong into right



turn the wrong into right

turn the dark into light



we divide

sacrifice our lives

over what we're told

over what they hide



we don't want

to go unsung

give us your faith

cuz it's not too late

to turn the wrong into right



turn the wrong into right

turn the dark into light

light

light

light



and we'll be alright

right

right

right

right

right

right

right
Track Name: Different Forces
Different Forces
lyrics by AM



you and i

forever and after

know i tried

looking past our moments of weakness

take what's left of our lives

and put something together

we can't remain

you know the dream

you know the dream's haunted



we were overcome by different forces

i wanted to believe in something that would last

that would last



no regrets

now we're getting older

quit while we were ahead

settled in to our new futures

i tried towing the line

but it takes one and the other

we survived

i realized

i realized something



we were overcome by different forces

i wanted to believe in something that would last

that would last

that would last

that would last
Track Name: Jackie Blue
Jackie Blue
Lyrics by Larry Lee and Steve Cash



ooh-hoo, jackie blue

lives her life from inside of a room

hides that smile when she's wearin' a frown

ooh jackie, you're not so down



you like your life in a free-form style

you'll take an inch but you'd love a mile

there never seems to be quite enough

floating around to fill your lovin' cup



ooh-hoo, jackie blue

what's a game, girl, if you never lose

ask a winner and you'll prob'bly find

ooh jackie, they've lost at sometime



don't try to tell me that you're not aware

of what you're doing and that you don't care

you say it's easy, just a nat'ral thing

like playing music but you never sing



ooh-hoo, jackie blue

making wishes that never come true

going places where you've never been

ooh jackie, you're going again



ooh-hoo, jackie blue

lives a dream that can never come true

making love is like siftin' through sand

ooh jackie, it slips through your hand



ev'ry day, in your indigo eyes

I watch the sun set but I don't see it rise

moonlight and stars in your strawberry wine

you'd take the world but you won't take the time



ooh-hoo, jackie blue

lives her life from inside of a room

makes you think that her life is a drag

ooh jackie, what fun you have had



ooh jackie, ooh jackie

ooh jackie, ooh jackie

hey, hey, hey, hey
Track Name: Somebody Like You
Somebody Like You
Lyrics By AM



don't you know that i need somebody

need somebody like you

don't you know that i need somebody

need somebody that's true

it's a miracle you need someone

you need someone too

cuz i know that i need somebody

need somebody like you



and you know we all need somebody

need someone to make it through

in the end we all leave somebody

so love someone until you do
Track Name: Promises Are Never Far From Lies
Promises Are Never Far From Lies
Lyrics by AM



held you high

i held you high

you tripped me up

you changed your mind



say what you mean

say what you mean

take what you need

but what do you bring



witnessed your motive

every time you needed to get by

on your name



don't lose your focus

promises are never far from lies

can't you see



waste my time

you waste my time

throw me a line

just to keep me quiet



witnessed your motive

every time you needed to get by

on your name



don't lose your focus

promises are never far from lies

can't you see



yeah
Track Name: Down The Line
Down The Line
Lyrics by AM



mountains are snow white

set behind the city light

unsettled and tongue tied

we just want a life at ease



not waiting on muses

to show me what i really need

i don't know what's coming down the line

we'll just have to wait and see
Track Name: The Signal
The Signal
Lyrics by AM



i don't care

what the scene is

or what the future has to say

is your image in the way



keeper's key

holds your secrets

can i walk you home tonight

can i walk you home tonight



we have a signal now

so let it out and be free

it's your different forms

that are beautiful



in our dreams

we have it better

so let's pretend to be asleep

and maybe we can both believe



we have a signal now

so let it out and be free

it's your different forms

that are beautiful you see

i'm not noticing

you were any better off

it's my honesty

that you really need



can you say

what you're missing

are you waiting for a sign

for a pre-historic time



recognize

that next place is always better

a never ending wait

it's a place you'll never find

so don't be silent
Track Name: Winter Sun
Winter Sun
Lyrics by AM



sun will hide

leaves they will die

and they return renewed

but will i



what we had is now a blur

we can leave or we can learn

can we survive i cannot say

but we'll try
Track Name: Callahan
This is an instrumental track.