Outlines (Deluxe Album)

by AM & Shawn Lee

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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
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Cold Tears 03:06
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
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In Moments 03:33
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
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Afterglow 03:06
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
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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
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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
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Nightshine 03:19
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
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Heartbeat 02:47
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
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Outlines 03:47
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
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Flashback 03:59
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
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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 June 16, 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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