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about

23 high quality tracks you can't get anywhere else. The transatlantic duo AM & Shawn Lee continue their journey forward via the past, digging heavily into obscure soul, sound library and soundtracks for inspiration and re-imagine them through a pop lens. AM & Shawn Lee focus heavily on synthesizers, but still keep the core organic, with live drums and bass and of course placing a heavy importance on groove.

Sonically Outlines tips it's hat to other synthesized soul productions such as The System or The Blackbyrds .

The first single "Persuasion" sets up the album perfectly with a revolving, atmospheric synth pattern suddenly interrupted by a deep funk groove peppered with staccato vocal stylings. "Cold Tears", a heartbreaking tale of a friend's false imprisonment, flows over galloping funk and sinister synths. "Again and Again", perhaps the epitome of sparse groove, is a perfect mid-tempo cruiser and a clear nod to AM's past tour mates AIR, while "Nightshine" delivers demented aerobic pop...picture Olivia Newton John's "Physical" set to a John Carpenter film.

The album title Outlines plays on a double meaning. On the one hand the record sounds like a "trace", giving no more than necessary to the production...the essentials. Lyrically, there is an undercurrent of an all too familiar modern struggle...the failure to communicate. We're only giving each other shorthand… “the outlines.”

AM & Shawn Lee's musical and artistic chemistry is very obvious especially since they have never recorded in the same room together. The duo trade tracks between London and Los Angeles until they feel the songs are complete. The process is ego-less, and both AM and Shawn Lee play nearly every instrument on the record.
Outlines is by far AM & Shawn Lee's favorite recording to date. Minimalist, future soul re-worked for today, but never forgetting what came before. Above all the music just soars.

Like hang gliding into a summer sunset.

credits

released 16 June 2015

Produced by AM & Shawn Lee. Mixed by Pierre Duplan and Shawn Lee at Trans Yank London, England. Mastered by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, California. London sessions recorded by Pierre Duplan at Trans Yank. Los Angeles sessions recorded by Brad Gordon at Magic Carpet Studios. Music by AM & Shawn Lee. Lyrics by AM. Additional musicianship by Brett Bixby, Jesse Nason, Brad Gordon and Pete McNeal. All songs published by Celestial Electric Music (ASCAP). Album tracklist sequencing by Alfonso Carillo. Artwork by Hung Ton aka Tonescluster.

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Track Name: Persuasion
Persuasion
Lyrics by AM

you want
what i want
easy
seemingly

phone call
pick it up
news in
head drops

you see
our love
use it
let it heal you

dont fight
we're losing
more time
in our lives
cuz

I won't let you down
I won't let you down either way
We'll come back around
We'll return from this place

I will pick you up
I will lift you up all the way
We won't be deterred
We won't let this be fate

you keep
searchin'
for answers
for some meaning

intake
output
not always equal
it's understood

so keep us
in motion
give yourself
a new hope

i feel
what you feel
hold tight
don't let it kill us
cuz

I won't let you down
I won't let you down either way
We'll come back around
We'll return from this place

I will pick you up
I will lift you up all the way
We won't be deterred
We won't let this be fate
Track Name: Cold Tears
Cold Tears
Lyrics by AM

i couldn't believe
when it was over
who called out the lies
that made it this way
look to the sea
see how it's rolling
it can deceive
with limited sway

i couldn't see
the change in the seasons
a dangerous place
a crippled design
out on a limb
with limited motion
weak and diseased
they want it this way

cry
cold tears
and the days
turn into years
holding you up
breaking you down
it's in the blood
it's all around
you can be seen, but you
can't be heard
going in circles, waiting
for the word
and the place, that
allows us to dream
can take it away, at
it's own decree

how can this be
how can this be
Track Name: In Moments
In Moments Lyrics
By AM

bright lights
from every direction
seems right
at the inception
in the end
we don't know what to do

our fate
will it lead to nowhere
insane
our minds
never go there
end-time
we wouldn't last too long

are we wasting our time
are we living in moments
know they can fool you
are we really untied
am i missing my moment
to give up what keeps me from you
don't keep it inside
don't be safe with your moments
it's not what we're supposed to do

take sides
then we run for cover
hard times
and we blame the other
look back
we've already gone to far

close up
things come into focus
deep seas
into
shallow waters
somehow
we've got to make it right
Track Name: Afterglow
Afterglow
Lyrics by AM

and it's hard to touch
we're hangin' on by a thread you know
and it's all too much
to leave it up to a daft design
are we out to sea
hoping for some elusive line
we ain't after much
we're looking for something simplified

what we say and do
i never can put my finger on
we haven't seen it through
promising years keep passing by
are we all to sing
a similar tune so hypnotized
can we be renewed
or are we hanging on to the afterglow
Track Name: Wandering Eye
Wandering Eye
Lyrics by AM

Can't keep it inside
Can't keep away from all that you possess
I can't deny
That it's you I've got to have in the end
But I still believe
I still feel like I'm the lucky one
You've got the wandering eye
At any point you may decide to run

And would you agree
Could you say that I'm the only one
Baby please don't think too hard
Just go close all the other doors
Let our love take it's course
Let it take you away

Don't want to compete
Dont want to think you could be easily swayed
Just want to be free
Want to be rid of all those foolish games
You'll be satisfied
Because you will know that my love will be true
But maybe I'm in denial
Maybe you don't want someone who's good to you
Track Name: Again and Again
Again and Again
Lyrics by AM

i won't be second hand
you fell below but you wanted to
i even think you understand
i want to hold you but i'm never sure
if i would follow you
you sick the dog on the watchful eye
then you run when you're through

run
running from the love in your life
no one ever told you
ohhh but there's always something you can't deny
a new high

you try to sell me the token lie
while seeming so demure
you oughta know that i've seen everything
i've heard it all before too
this is so hard but you've got to go
you might lie dead in the ground
i wanna hope i wanna see
that you can come around

run
running from the love in your life
no one ever told you
ohhh but there's always something you can't deny
no one ever noticed
run
running from the love in your life
no one ever told you
ohhh but there's always something you can't deny
a new high

tell me you're low
Track Name: Nightshine
Nightshine
Lyrics by AM

There's a hole in your heart
You wanted to die
There's a hole in your heart
You wanted to die
You couldn't have it
You wouldn't have it

So you want what you see
At the front of the line
And you want what you see
At the front of the line
It doesn't matter
It dosen't matter to you

Cuz tonight
tonight
tonight
Fill the hole in your life
It never ends
You're having such a good time
Can't control it
And it holds you to the ground

It's so hard to believe
You're losing the love
And it's so hard to believe
You're losing the love
You can't command it
So you demanded it

It was a moment you see
And you couldn't hold on
It was a moment you see
And you couldn't hold on
You never had it
You never had it like you thought
Track Name: Heartbeat
Heartbeat
Lyrics by AM

Heartbeat
Can you feel it
Hot lights
Golden earrings
Loose ends
You won't remember
Your time
To surrender

Routine
Situation
New tides
Interfering
Inside
Break your promise
Untied
We're in a new time now

We haven't figured out
What we're supposed to do
What. Does. It. Mean.
We keep holding out
For the turnaround
Not. What. It. Seems.
But I figured out
Some need to watch it burn
And. Make. It. Bleed.
So what you gonna do
What are we gonna do

Fastened
In the harness
Don't care
Any longer
Too deep
No sense of wonder
Bone dry
We're in a new time now
Track Name: Outlines
Outlines
Lyrics by AM

You're in a disguise so that you can get everything you want
Don't open your eyes to the hollowed air circling you now
We want to believe it's as simple as what you put fourth
But there's nothing beneath any promises you can't uphold

You say
You'll live forever
But I know
Time will wear you down
Truth is
We're in this together
I hope
We can work it out

A moment of silence is something that's so hard to find
It's hard to believe in anything when all we have are the outlines
You'll stray cuz it's difficult to stay on course
Swept up in a dream kept alive by nothing more than you're followers
Track Name: Flashback
Flashback
Lyrics by AM

i can't see
how i ever relied on your words
and your parting line
i can't believe
as you could imagine
you were doing the time
doing the time till you couldn't stand it
and you don't realize what you're leaving behind
it's a mess and your word is defeated

i see a photograph
flash back to the time we had
nothing good ever lasts too long
when you're in love
two sides to all the pain
feels good and bad the same
but it takes you down too low
when you're in love

i know our moments
were enough to hypnotize me
but this particular time
this particular time
i know i gave myself completely
in the end
all you did was pretend
and i'll never forget