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Young Gun Silver Fox-
“I feel like we’re reconnecting people with an era and a way of making and writing music which in today's mainstream has perhaps lost relevance.”
Young Gun Silver Fox comprise Andy Platts and Shawn Lee and their first two albums -
Of course, you just know that YSGF would have been hailed as some kind of masterly interventionists back in the day -
“A lot of people today can claim to be ‘multi-
YGSF’s opening salvo, West End Coast, was something Lee had “wanted to make for some time, he says now, “and Andy was the only person I felt I could make it with. He understands the classic melodic pop side as well as the soul funky side that was absolutely vital to the creation of this music. What a voice!" Recorded and mixed at Lee's Trans-
There’s no doubt that creatively and sonically we come from an almost exclusively American place but there’s a definite British influence which only serves to make it more distinctive.”
If West End Coast was intuitive, then follow up, AM WAVES, recorded in London at The Shop as well as further afield at Roffey Hall in the English countryside, was an instinctive record. Produced by Lee, the album showcased pop, rock and soul and songs such as Midnight in Richmond -
Young Gun Silver Fox have been compared to America, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers and even Carly Simon, although Andy suggests that “Hall & Oates really speak to me, as does Michael McDonald as a sheer vocal force and inspiration.” Indeed, AM WAVES was once described as “the best album Hall & Oates never made” (ha!) but you can bet Donald Fagan is a major lyrical influence and “the melodies of Joni Mitchell, the fluency of Elton John and McCartney at his wackiest or shamelessly romantic” all have a special corner in YGSF world. Perhaps, however, it would be true to say that on Canyons – they are, after all, places of rare, magical beauty – they’ve hit the musical jackpot and created a sound uniquely their own.
“The music we make is a rich and interesting prospect for people looking for something else, or for those seeking nostalgia of an authentic kind.”
Essentially and originally conceived as a themed piece of work, Canyons documents the arc of a relationship – with diversions into semi-
"I think there is a profound love and respect for records made at that particular time. There’s a certain richness and sheen in those records which left a really high watermark in record-
Canyons continues with Danny Jamaica which features a really rare instrument called a Hohner Guitaret – sourced by Shawn – which, in effect, is an electric lamellophone that sounds a bit like an electric kalimba. No doubt focusing on Andy’s old weed dealer whom he knew when he lived in Liverpool – “a lovely man with a heart of gold that that made me reassess my opinion of the drug dealer stereotype” -
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