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Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream will serve as a blog for me to share my thoughts and musings, with a special emphasis on music. The music that will appear in this blog is for evaluation/sampling purposes only, and is designed to promote up and coming bands. Remember, if you like the artist(s), buy the CD! If you are the owner of a sound file and would like it removed, please contact us and we will kindly take it down.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Some Fine Mason-ry

That would be the term to describe Willy Mason's sophomore album If the Ocean Gets Rough. Mason's the kind of singer-songwriter that brings to mind Nick Drake, Mark Knopfler and consequently Alexi Murdoch. Wise beyond his years, with a deep brooding voice that reassures that no matter what may happen, things are going to work out (That's what Nick Drake was really saying, right?).

Anyhow, Mason has spent most his life living in Martha's Vineyard, but for some reason, he hasn't made his break in the US. He is, however, pretty darn popular across the ocean. Mason, who is only 22 (!!), released his debut Where the Humans Eat at the ripe age of 19 to critical acclaim. And due out in the US March 8th, If the Ocean Gets Rough is looking to be even better. Upon listening to the album on repeat the past couple of days, I become more enamored with it after each listen. Mason blends sincere, witty, and introspective lyrics with a laid-back-guitar-and-drums approach to accomplish a rather unique sound. His voice, as I said before, is a near carbon copy of Mark Knopfler, and it is perfectly suited for the music he's making. It's so refreshing to find artists that pay attention to detail, who seem intent on delivering a product that not only sounds good but also has something important to say.

On "When the River Moves On", Mason sings a folksy tune over a bluesy bassline with an impressive choir backing him up on the chorus. And the clever lyrics continue to impress me: "we grew up in the same wood / we fished the same pond / if ever our lines tangled / we'd cut 'em before dawn". Another highlight is "Save Myself", which features a pretty catchy guitar line with an infectious "Save Myself" crying from the background. And then the drums and the piano come in and just turn this song into an all out aural banquet. It's delicious.

Check out his website, it's pretty cool. At least go and buy If the Ocean Gets Rough.
Listen to "When the River Moves On" (4.5/5)
Listen to "Save Myself" (4.7/5)


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