Celestial Electric (Deluxe Version)

by AM & Shawn Lee

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Mayson Crowe Just listen to it and you'll see why. Favorite track: City Boy.
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Thomas Potter These guys are very unique, and so f-ing good! Favorite track: Somebody Like You.
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Wolperdinger I have so many fond memories of the time I heart this album I cannot mention them all. Met the love of my life, had the greatest summer and many other personal achievements. And I heard for the first time this fantastic sound! I cannot remember any other music I have heard this often. It is out of this world what these two guys have accomplished with this album. The vocals and the sound are so nicely put together for every track it is unbelievable. If they get you, they get you. Favorite track: Lonely Life.
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Jonathan Garcia Shawn Lee cannot make a bad album. All of his collabs, including this one with A.M., are great and worth giving a listen. Favorite track: City Boy.
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City Boy 02:47
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
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Lonely Life 03:11
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
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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
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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
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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
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Jackie Blue 04:52
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
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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
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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
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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
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The Signal 04:06
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
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Winter Sun 03:33
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
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Callahan 03:52
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Debut album from AM & Shawn Lee

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released April 11, 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
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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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