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Scott J Mason - Animal Guilt EP Review

24 Oct 2014 // A review by Andrew Smit

Without delving into the meaning and inspiration behind the songs one would potentially say how pleasant and serene this EP sounds. Each song is well structured with beautiful folk arrangements that are full of feeling and prose. Scott’s voice is silky and soulful with subtle nuances that you can hear so clearly. Its tuneful and mournful no doubt, but the gentleness of each track belies somewhat the deep and solemn meaning in the songs, which I wouldn’t want to analyse too heavily, as it looks as though Scott was going through a tough patch when forming these songs.

The EP begins with Of Me with a dark, bass piano that builds, but stays sparse yet rich and lush. Following this is the wonderful Be on your Guard accompanied by smooth violin from Dave Kahn, its breezy melody is tempered by its  foreboding message, “someone is watching, someone is listening, someone is waiting for you to fall”… and then with Raise Your Glass we find a retort to Be on your Guard with Scott singing “No one is watching (or listening) to you… you fool” showing a fear and uneasiness, that the rich music, melody and singing conceal to a degree.

There are sweet and soulful folk ballads (tinged with melancholy) No Running, Good Man and Won’t Come Back each with wonderful acoustic guitar work and heart felt vocals, to think Scott spends most his time behind a set of drums seems a travesty of musicianship. My favourite is the rhythmic Lies with stomping drums, hand claps and occasional electric guitar riffs, a strong tune with another persuasive vocal performance from Scott. In all this EP is as intriguing as it is beautiful, which raises my curiosity and I look forward to hearing more solo work from Scott J Mason.


About Scott J Mason

Scott J Mason is a solo musician, songwriter and composer based in Auckland.

His career blossomed at 14 when asked to play piano at the Fuschia Society Christmas party in Blenheim, presided over by his mother.

Originally from the South Island, Mason made his name in the NZ music scene drumming and singing for many bands, including nationally known acts Gasoline Cowboy, Slim, and Fuce.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Scott J Mason


Animal Guilt
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Adam's Dream
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Debut EP
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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