Album Release

STEVE MASON

About The Light

Double Six / Domino - distribuzione Self - 18 gennaio 2019

Steve Mason has announced details of the release of his new album, About The Light, which is out on Double Six on Friday 18th January 2019.?

About The Light is his fourth solo album following Boys Outside (2010), Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time (2013) and Meet The Humans (2016).
Stars Around My Heart, the first track to be shared from the album, is accompanied by a suitably out-there video directed by Brother Willis (www.brotherwillis.com) who has previously worked with Parquet Courts and King Krule amongst others. Talking about the Spielberg meets Ashes to Ashes video, Brother Willis said:

“I’m a long-time fan of Steve’s work so it was an honour to make a video for him. ?The concept and inspiration were very much a collaborative effort with Steve. ?We share a mutual love for the textures and warm personality that outdated formats have in contrast to the crisp HD 8K of today. ?It was an incredible collaborative experiment to shoot on Tube Camera and modern camera and put it all out to tape and back to try and achieve the feeling of watching a beloved sci-fi movie from your youth. ?And a good excuse to have amazingly talented people build an alien vessel and hone their early 80’s visual effects skills.

We were aiming for an uplifting, Psychedelic Spielberg effect that hopefully we achieved.”

The video for Stars Around My Heart can be viewed HERE

Having written most of his previous albums alone, About The Light marks a change in approach for Steve.

“I decided with this album that I wanted to get my live band involved at every stage because I wanted to capture the energy that we produce when we play live shows, so this time the band and myself worked on a collection of songs over the course of last year,” he explains.

Picking Stephen Street to produce the album, and with a very clear plan in mind, from the off the goal was to capture the songs live and draw out their soulful elements.

Talking about the process, Stephen Street says, “Steve explained that he wanted to make this album with his band playing more ‘live’ than on some of his previous offerings and also to augment the songs with brass and female backing vocalists. I felt this approach of first stripping back the songs to a more ‘live’ feel to create more space for the more ‘soulful’ elements to breathe in was an interesting one and we got down to work!”

Recorded at studios in London and Brighton, About The Light, sees a subtle yet noticeable evolution in Steve’s sound.

“When I listen to this album it feels and sounds like the first ‘legitimate’ record that I have ever made. It’s hard to explain but it sounds like a ‘real’ album. I think that is partly the production, the playing and the work that I did with the band for all those months in our rehearsal room on the South Coast,” says Steve

“It’s a beautiful, confident, positive, angry, loving and gentle album which once again moves what I do forward,” he adds. ?“David Bowie said that you should always be slightly out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve greatness, and for the first time perhaps ever, I deliberately pushed myself into that place. Who doesn’t want greatness?”

UK pre-orders of About The Light come with an exclusive UK ticket pre-sale code for Mason’s upcoming UK tour dates. Pre-sale tickets are available from 10am BST Wednesday 19th September, with general sale starting at 10am BST Friday 21st September.?You can pre-order exclusive formats of the album HERE and via Dom Mart HERE. About The Light is also available on CD (DS121CD), vinyl (DS121LP), digitally (DS121D).

The track listing of the 10-track album is as follows:

1.?? America Is Your Boyfriend
2.?? Rocket
3.?? No Clue
4.?? About The Light
5.?? Fox On The Rooftop
6. ??Stars Around My Heart
7.?? Spanish Brigade
8.? ?Don’t Know Where
9.?? Walking Away From Love
10. The End

Steve has also announced a run of U.K. shows around the release of the record. The list of current dates is as follows:

30.01.19 – Riverside – NEWCASTLE
31.01.19 – SWG3 – GLASGOW

01.02.19 – Belgrave Music Hall – LEEDS
02.02.19 – Academy 2 – MANCHESTER
07.02.19 – Hackney Arts Centre – LONDON
08.02.19 – The Fleece – BRISTOL
09.02.19 – St. Bartholomew’s Church – BRIGHTON

Tickets for all dates are available to purchase HERE.

 

About

“Song writing since the Beta Band had become something I did entirely alone, from the original concept to the full demo and often in the studio it was just myself and a producer.

Although I enjoyed this purist approach for a long time, it really does not reflect who I am anymore and is not something that really excited me. So I decided with this album that I wanted to get my live band involved at every stage to break this cycle, and because I wanted to capture the energy that we produce when we play live shows.

Modern recording techniques often are a kind of piece meal approach to recording (which I have done a lot of) but the energy and excitement is often lacking, so this time the band and myself worked on a collection of 12 songs over the course of last year.

Around July I felt that it was going well enough to approach a producer and I knew very early on who I really wanted to work with. After an initial meeting with Stephen Street and playing him some rehearsal room recordings, he took the job. I have long admired his work, especially The Smiths and the Morrissey solo albums that Stephen wrote and produced.” Steve Mason

“Steve had been on the periphery of my musical knowledge for some time now. I was particularly impressed by his first ‘proper’ solo album Boys Outside back in 2010 and remember always liking his voice whenever I heard it on the radio. So, when he made contact with me in the summer of last year and asked if I would be interested in working with him on his new album I immediately agreed!” Stephen Street

“For this album, electric guitars, heavy brass and gospel backing vocals were the brew that I had in mind and Stephen was fully on board with that plan.” Steve Mason

“Steve explained that he wanted to make this album with his band playing more ‘live’ than on some of his previous offerings and also to augment the songs with Brass and female backing vocalists. I felt this approach of first stripping back the songs to a more ‘live’ feel to create more space for the more ‘soulful’ elements to breathe in was an interesting one and we got down to work!”

“A wonderful productive week of recording the main backing tracks with the band in Brighton was successfully achieved and then Steve and I continued recording his vocal parts up here in London.” Stephen Street

“When I listen to this album it feels and sounds like the first ‘legitimate’ record that I have ever made. It’s hard to explain but it sounds like a ‘real’ album. I think that is partly the production, the playing and the work that I did with the band for all those months in our rehearsal room on the South Coast. “

“Stephen did an extraordinary job with shaping the sound and he was everything that I hoped he would be behind the wheel.” Steve Mason

“I have to say, I was greatly impressed by the quality of the songs we recorded throughout the session and by the time we added the final overdubs of the brass section and backing vocalists, the album had really taken shape!”

“I hope we have managed to fulfil Steve’s vision of what this album would sound like. I certainly am very happy with the results and look back on the making of this record with fond memories!” Stephen Street

“It’s a beautiful, confident, positive, angry, loving and gentle album which once again moves what I do forward. David Bowie said that you should always be slightly out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve greatness, and for the first time perhaps ever; I deliberately pushed myself into that place. Who doesn’t want greatness?” Steve Mason

Steve Mason releases his new album, About The Light, on Double Six on Friday 18th January 2019.

One of the founding members of The Beta Band, Steve has also recorded under the names of King Biscuit Time and Black Affair and since 2010 has released three acclaimed solo albums under his own name.

 

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