"If we did get in the studio together, would our records completely suck?" asks AM, one-half of indie duo.
The process behind avant-pop duo AM & Shawn Lee's forthcoming sophomore album, "La Musique Numerique," was essentially the same as the creation of their 2011 debut "Celestial Electric": AM stayed in Los Angeles, Lee holed up in London, and never did the two set foot in the same studio. But "La Musique Numerique," out May 7 on Park The Van Records, bursts with collaborative energy, as Lee's nimble arrangements breathe easy under his counterpart's heartfelt crooning.
"It's not a traditional way of making a record," AM tells Billboard. After they began collaborating in 2011, the U.K.-based multi-instrumentalist and indie artist began e-mailing each other "fully formed ideas," learning how to digest each other's raw creative material.