For his latest effort, Future Sons & Daughters, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, AM, found inspiration while mining the crates of his extensive 1960s record collection – ranging from obscure Brazilian music to Italian soundtracks. Armed with a studio of instruments (guitars, ukuleles, glockenspiel and synths), AM and producer Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields), recruited a host of talented players to add sonic layers to the songs. Together, they set off to create a record that pays homage to the Tulsa-born, New Orleans-raised musicianâ€™s diverse influences such as Jorge Ben, Brian Wilson, Sergio Mendes and Curtis Mayfield, while showcasing his own songwriting chops, intelligent lyrics and psychedelic grooves.
The resulting 11-track collection does just this and is already impressing press and radio months ahead of its official release. Metromix exclaimed: â€œThe instrumental â€˜Jorge Benâ€™ is a groovy ode to its Rio namesake. But the album’s highlight is far and away â€˜Itâ€™s Been So Long,â€™ a Spaghetti Western-ish co-ed duet that calls to mind both Wilco and Sergio Leone in the same melodically whispered breaths. Meanwhile, stations such as KCRW have provided early support, spinning the spacey, sun-kissed track â€œGrand Opinion,â€ which was also featured as Spinner.comâ€™s â€œVideo of the Day.”
Meanwhile, AM is spreading some yuletide joy with, Holiday Happiness and Cheer (also out on FILTER US Recordings), a three-song digital EP, that includes a beautifully haunting rendition of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” (from the classic animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”). The festive favorite had a bit of a makeover, injected now with bossa nova-influenced guitar, icy synths and a bouncy bass line. “I’m Home For The Holidays,â€ a spacious orchestral folk song that focuses on the somber elements of holiday time, will also be included.
Release: Future Sons & Daughters
Label: Filter US Recordings
Release Date: February 9, 2010