Published Apr 03, 2013Blue-eyed soul singer AM and multi-instrumentalist funk beatsmith Shawn Lee have joined forces again. But the duo are changing pace a bit from their critically lauded 2011 debut Celestial Electric with their new album La Musique Numerique, which is set to be released on May 7 via their new label Park the Van.
La Musique Numerique translates from French to roughly mean "digital music," and it sees their sound evolve from the easy, breezy retro pop-soul of their debut to a more grimy, synthetic feel, "drawing heavily on late 70's French library, '80s Italo Disco and Sleng Teng dancehall riddims," as the press release puts it.
The duo have already shared a few new tracks: the first single "Two Times" and their cosmic cover of Joe Jackson's 1982 hit "Steppin' Out." You can stream and/or download both below.
As they await, with hope, for their Pledge Music funding to succeed and for the album to hit stores, the duo have plotted a tour called "Sounds of Summer" that will take them from coast to coast across North America in June. Below you can see the currently confirmed schedule, which includes a Vancouver stop on June 16.
Ticket information can be found on the Facebook tour page.
6/13 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
6/14 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
6/16 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
6/18 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
6/19 Boston, MA - Church of Boston
6/20 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
6/21 Chicago, IL - Schubas
6/22 Rochester, NY - Lovin' Cup
6/26 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
6/27 San Jose , CA - Pagoda
6/28 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
6/29 San Diego, CA - The Griffin