This album is tender, wise and stays true to Mason’s roots
4/5 Mason from Massachusetts has lived a nomadic lifestyle since his 2004 debut LP, Where the Humans Eat. And, thankfully, the journey’s not over yet. The 28-year-old’s growing profile in the UK has scored him collaborations with fab singers Lianne La Havas and KT Tunstall.
Yet he has remained true to his own sound – there’s a beautiful simplicity to his guitar-based songwriting and weathered, Johnny Cash-like voice that is never compromised. Even a transatlantic switch of recording studios from New York State to south London hasn’t unsettled him.
Sonically, Carry On doesn’t suggest the bustling city as much as leisurely strolls through wide open spaces (‘Restless Fugitive’), slide guitar-backed gun-fights (‘What Is This’) and the modest life of the countrified guitar strummer (the title track). Overall, this album is tender, wise and stays true to Mason’s roots. He’s still roaming and we’re still listening.