Armellodie Records hereby releases into the world another album of musical majesty, this time from Derry native and all-round good cat, Conor Mason.
Following on from his recent free download singles, ‘Words’ (free download) and ‘Misunderstood’ (free download), the album Standstill is available from all good record shops (on CD) and download shops (as a download you fool!) from today. We urge you to support the artist and purchase it from HERE.
” …nods towards Brendan Benson, the Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and that kinda thing. Mason has a soft, sleepy voice which integrates well with the instrumentation providing the bedrock for him to express his vocals upon.”
“The trumpet notes that herald the start of Misunderstood, Standstill’s opening track, are particularly welcome, followed as they are by a series of lovely chord patterns driven by a drums/bass/piano rhythm section and topped by a shyly melodic vocal.
And so it continues to expand across 10 wonderful songs.”
“Now this is something special. There’s a feeling that this record could have been made in 1963 or 1984, too. It has that crystalline feeling of floating above the surface of things.”
“I’d synced the entire album onto my iPod meaning to listen to it on the bus at some point, when Lights came on over shuffle. It was one of those songs that made me stop and check to see who it was, not just because I’d never heard it before, but because it was so refreshing.”
“‘Standstill’ is a slow burner that demands patience, concentration and understanding, as it works on different levels, ranging from lyrical poeticism and subtle instrumentation to Conor’s intuitive production skills. And it’s only when you let the ten tracks breath and fill the room with their gentle warmth that you will fully appreciate a delightful record with enough substance and emotion to hold its own in the over populated word of singer songwriters.”
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“Mason’s talent deserves recognition, which, through the proficiency of his singles, is something he will no doubt receive in 2012.”
As a Brucey-bonus, Conor recently appeared live in session on BBC Introducing Northern Ireland performing three songs from Standstill. If you missed it you can download the tracks from HERE for absolutely nutthin’!
So there you go, keep ‘er lit til the next time!