Hot on the heels of his first single of 2021, ‘Stoned In The Vallies’, Liverpool alt-folk star, Mason Owens releases his hotly anticipated follow up single, ‘Coming Down’, The track is taken from Owen’s upcoming EP, ‘Early Hours’, which is due to drop later this year.
On his latest track, Owens once again teamed up with Glaswegian DJ and producer Hector Barbour, better known as Denis Sulta, who is revered across the world for his unique and electric DJ sets that span house, techno, trance and disco.
The former Mixmag cover star has produced every track on Owens’ highly anticipated second EP after turning his attention to the world of acoustic music after hearing Owens’ play during a jam session.
‘Coming Down’ is a melancholy acoustic folk tune that displays a softer side to the Scouse singer-songwriter. Featuring sentimental lyrics and folk-infused melodies, ‘Coming Down’ takes a departure from Owens’ grittier 2020 releases in what he calls a “new phase” in his artistry.
Owens explains: “Compared to my previous EP, Coming Down is completely different in style. I think people who know me for ‘Off The Bat’ will be like, ‘woah what’s going on here’.”
“It drops the rawness and the aggressiveness of the previous EP – It’s the polar opposite; It’s sentimental. It’s the music that comes out naturally when I write.
“It’s a lot more mellow, a lot more melancholy, more emotional. Off The Bat is a fast-paced record to get you up in the morning whereas this track is one for chilling out and reflecting.”
Featuring stripped back guitar and vocals, Coming Down explores themes of loss and regret, encapsulating the feeling of missing someone or something that is no longer there.
“It doesn’t have to be a person, it could be a thing or a place or a park that you used to go to,” Mason adds. “It’s open to interpretation like a lot of my songs.”
When Owens first started writing ‘Coming Down’, he was unsure of the direction he wanted to take. Exploring a mood rather than anything specific in his life, Owens wrote the song without any “real intention”. The song, however, developed a whole new level of meaning as he heard about the passing of his best friends’ mother on the same day that he finished writing the music.
Mason is preparing for several live shows in the coming months ahead of the release of ‘Early Hours’ including support dates with Jamie Webster on his UK tour, a performance on the Main Stage at this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival and his own headline show at the Arts Club, Liverpool with I Love Live Events.
Owens burst onto Liverpool’s contemporary folk scene in 2020 with releases such as ‘Waiting For You’ and ‘Dock Road’.
He has racked up over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone and earned the attention of BBC Introducing Merseyside and fellow Scouser, Jamie Webster, who topped the Official Folk Album Chart last year. Owens “could go down in folklore with some of his tunes”, Webster said.
He has since gone on to perform at some of Liverpool’s most popular venues, including the O2 Academy, Art Club Liverpool, Studio 2 Parr Street and Eventim Olympia as well as playing the hugely popular BOSS Night events at the first ever Everton Sessions for Everton Football Club.
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