Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “All Come Down” by Steve Mason from the 2010 album Boys Outside on Domino Records.
You should immediately recognize the voice of Steve Mason. The Scottish songwriter was a founding member and lead vocalist of The Beta Band, whose song “Dry the Rain” most famously appeared in the notorious music store scene of High Fidelity. Mason’s other projects include King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, both of which also got plenty of airplay on KEXP. But now, he has finally released an album under his own name, Boys Outside, which recognizably incorporates experimental jamming, hypnotic rock and trip hop influences mixed with folk and electronic beats.
A new addition to his sound comes from producer Richard X, the British songwriter and producer who worked with M.I.A. for her debut, Arular. While X’s electronic tweaks add a unique sound to the album’s production, many of Mason’s songs, like “All Come Down” and “Lost & Found,” are very much in the same melodic vein as his work with The Beta Band. Overall, it is a much deeper expression of himself, and this slightly different path shows a fresh, fun-loving and vivid spirit, as Mason himself claims to feel comfortable in his own skin.
Today’s song of the day, “All Come Down,” is a portrait of sentimentalism that shows Steve Mason’s new devotion to live, without fearing the uncertainty that the future may suggest; it’s a recovery and restitution from a tangled past, and a rebirth as he reflects a strong feeling to enjoy whatever life brings next, and the idea that time sets things in its right place. In a gently and magical voice, he sings a sublime and creative melody that brings together an arrangement of acoustic sounds mixed with more technological and experimental beats, and at the same time, putting together harmonies that represent a definition of his own life.
If you want to find out more about the Scottish songwriter, Steve Mason, make a stop at his official website. For now, enjoy the video to the song “Lost & Found” from Boys Outside: