AM & Shawn Lee
By Alan Ranta
In the opening monologue of The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliott says, "Sometimes, there's a man — well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there." Music is full of examples like this, songs and albums that capture the essence of an era, from classical and romantic composers to late-60s psychedelia, 77 punk, 80s hair metal, early-90s grunge, late-90s drum-and-bass, and so on. Yet every once in a while, an album comes along that stands outside of the time in which it was recorded, an album of such complex greatness and astounding joy that one may gloss over initial listenings under the subconscious impression they've not just heard this music before, but lived with it for decades.
True, in some ways we have heard Celestial Electric before. London multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee has professed a deep admiration for music made between 1967 and 1973, spending years crate-digging and researching past recordings…