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Mason Brothers - The Sun, The Moon, and The Sea

The Sun, The Moon,
and The Sea

Mason Brothers

Available from the Mason Brothers' web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com)

Spencer Davis did an obscure LP with Peter Jameson that contained several songs establishing a somewhat unusual folk vibe hard to pin down, and, every once in a while, someone comes along and nails it. That's what the Mason Bros. have done consistently throughout this release. There's a mellow haze pervading each track, a smoky and quietly billowing melancholy. The two weave their guitars together like a single organic unit, picked chords wrapping around each other's work, laying down a thick tapestry for unhurried mellifluous vocals to encant lyrics rich in metaphor and somnolence.

The mood is rarely broken, though the uprising in Hands on Fire dramatizes events unexpectedly in a sharp demarcation of sudden emotion (though the lead line a bit earlier is clumsy). Divide demonstrates a very high feel for duet vocal harmony, a short song leaving the listener wanting much more, while In the Canyon carries a cool repeating hook figure amid enticing lap steel. The blend of laidback country and dreamy folk here is a concoction hard to resist, perfect lullaby music in large part, the kind of tunes you want to hear late a night with a mug of mulled cider. As good as the guitar work is, and it's at times extremely entrancing, the vocals are the spotlight.

Track List:

  • May You Rise
  • Ghost at the Wheel
  • Ready, Set, Go
  • Hands on Fire
  • Sailor's Prayer
  • Divide
  • In the Canyon
  • Into the Mines
  • Winter
  • Round and Round
All songs written by Christian and James Mason.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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