Young Gun Silver Fox’s West Coast End picks up where Daft Punk’s “Fragments of Time” left off—with a modern reimagining of the classic West Coast AOR studio sound of the mid- to late ’70s, when soulful and slick soft rock ruled the FM airwaves. This peak era of sophisticated analog production and stellar musicianship and songwriting produced iconic vibes from artists like Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, Ambrosia, and America (who tapped studio wizard and Beatles alum George Martin to produce).
Now, just as DJs and music lovers the world over are rediscovering these classic songs and digging deeper for more obscure “yacht rock” artists, Young Gun Silver Fox drops a new album of original material. West Coast End is a warm, fully enveloping album filled with breezy nostalgia and expert craftsmanship.
Young Gun Silver fox is made up of singer-songwriter Andy Platts of U.K. soul-rock band Mamas Gun and multi-instrumentalist producer Shawn Lee, an American expat who has made a name for himself in the group AM & Shawn Lee, as well as his solo outfit, Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra (see the massively popular and often-licensed “Kiss the Sky” featuring Nino Moschella). With West Coast End, the duo created a wholly authentic homage to the golden age of California pop—written and recorded in cloudy London.
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