Pembrokeshire-based singer songwriter Benjamin Mason‘s new EP, Skies Are Falling, is the result of acute internal exploration, and external deliberations. The four tracks contemplate how “you can look back to move ahead”; whether you’re in the process of leaving a lover, or trying to find yourself again.
Mason’s laid-back style is reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley. Whilst this comparison is obviously wonderful – it may overshadow Mason’s other qualities as an artist. He has previously dabbled in various genres including hip-hop, experimental electronica, and lo-fi acoustic – but on Skies Are Falling he finds his calling – guitar-based and glorious.
The eponymous opening track has a careless, playful rhythm that’s quietly undermined by anxiety – “I’m scared that I will amount to nothing” sings Mason – but with EPs like this, that’s unlikely to happen any time soon. ‘You’ll Always Be My Girl’, a name and lyric which is no doubt based on the reluctant breaking of an innocent girl’s heart – is a surprisingly up-tempo, melodic, honest song.
‘Bleak Like The Winter’ slows down the pace of the EP. The quiet nature of the lyrics and bursts of loud guitar reveal an aggressive edge to Mason’s vocals. It’s this combination which makes the song such a brilliantly oppressive listen. Concluding track ‘Mexico’ is an affirmation of independence, personified in rolling acoustic guitar and perfect percussion. This song should be played on any long-distance road trip, regardless of the final destination.
Skies Are Falling is a pure, optimistic-yet-realistic record which further reveals Benjamin Mason’s skill as a singer and a musician. Fans of Buckley, and quality guitar-based songs will undoubtedly approve.
Skies Are Falling is out now via Owls Hoot.