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Young Gun Silver Fox are musical sorcerers. On West End Coast, they've fashioned a fresh and modern sound that summons one of the most vibrant and influential epochs in popular music. The ten songs herein pay homage to 1970s Los Angeles, a golden age of recording that infused the pop charts and FM airwaves with a blend of soulful voices, immaculate melodies, stellar musicianship, and sophisticated studio technology.
The forces behind Young Gun Silver Fox are Andy Platts and Shawn Lee. It was inevitable that two of the most prolific and versatile pop music linguists would one day collaborate on a studio project that crystallized many of their creative strengths. West End Coast fuses the talents they've mastered in their respective careers, from Andy's role as frontman and co-
An undeniable synergy informs Young Gun Silver Fox's maiden voyage. "Andy came up with the brilliant album title," Shawn explains. "My studio is in the West End of London and the music has a really strong West Coast influence so meld that together and BAM, there it is!" Indeed, West End Coast evokes some of the defining SoCal pop-
Recorded and mixed at Lee's Trans-
The latter tune's coda sends the song into a whole other kind of orbit before the infectiously tuneful "In My Pocket" glimmers like a pot of pop music gold. In fact, little sonic treasures abound on West End Coast. A vigorous horn arrangement is among several attractions on "So Bad," which packs a carnival of dazzling ideas into four minutes. Elsewhere, the central question in "Spiral" — "If your heart could only speak, what would it say now?" — is accompanied by slinky and sensual cadences. "Saturday" operates in two gears, one that snaps and crackles and another that curves and coasts, powering the song to its swift conclusion. Like waves crashing beneath a midnight sky, orchestral elements swell and recede amidst the more saturnine backdrop of "Long Way Back." As the last note fades, the curtain falls on Young Gun Silver Fox's series of ten vividly produced vignettes.
Though West End Coast clearly echoes the 1970s, it's 21st century technology that helped the duo achieve a remarkable cohesion on the album. "Except for the basic rhythm tracks on 'See Me Slumber' the whole recording process of the album was made remotely over the Internet," Shawn states. "It's indicative of the age in which we live," Andy continues. "Generally how it worked was that Shawn would send me completely finished instrumental tracks on which he played everything. I would in turn create the melodies, lyrics, and record the vocals and backing vocals, maybe the odd keyboard or guitar part too." The set's opening cut might best exemplify Young Gun Silver Fox's particular approach in developing the songs. "'You Can Feel It' was essentially written in four audio text messages," Andy notes. "I think that represents the communication shorthand Shawn and I have between us but also shows how we're using technology to capture inspiration and create from it."
West End Coast underscores that Andy Platts and Shawn Lee are more than artists, they're auteurs whose shared vision advances the contemporary music conversation. "I make a lot of records," says Shawn Lee. "I make records I wanna hear. West End Coast is an album I have never made before but have always wanted to. It was a challenge and it was a tremendously enjoyable process to boot." Andy Platts concludes, "I think we are just really good at passing the baton to one another and just doing what we do. Zoning in, and being completely at the mercy of instinct, where those feelings of joy and satisfaction reign supreme." In the world Young Gun Silver Fox have created on West End Coast, every song leads to another sphere. No compass needed for this journey, just drop the stylus and get lost in the music.
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