These days are characterized with lack of time or attention, and it’s much harder to stick with one album and walk miles with it. If we’re not considering Richard Thompson’s new STUNNING album of course.
One album is following me (or am I following it?) for the last three weeks and keeps on surprising me time after time. I’m referring to Maston‘s debut album – Shadows, recently released.
I admire musicians who are true fans of music and that you can tell they spent hours upon hours exploring genres and eras, and the knowledge they earned along the way is totally reflected in their music.
Knowing a lot of music can also be their writing block because they are sure that everything was done before (and, as we know, everything WAS done before). But if the musician let go of the disturbing thought that each note of his/hers was once used by someone else – we as listeners can gain a lot.
I wish all record collectors would have created music. We’d be witnessing a series of musical orgasms, and everybody knows how rare a series of orgasms is. Maston sounds like one with such vast knowledge, and his new album is simply brilliant.
Maston, a band that is named after their leader Frank Maston, is a series of orgasms. Musical ideas and styles, it’s one big candy.
The album combines the love for Italian soundtracks (Morricone but mostly Riz Ortoliani), pop songwriting from the Bacharach/Wilson school of music, and sound production of Phil Spector-Broadcast-Jack Nitsche.
Songs are brilliant, arrangements are brilliant, one top 2013 record for me. Don’t miss it.
Out via Trouble In Mind