Steve Mason Meet The Humans on 180g LP + Download
Meet The Humans is an apt title for the third record by the former front man of The Beta Band, Steve Mason. Like his previous two solo efforts this album finds him swinging musically across dance, pop, folk, dub, and deep house influences and remaining as lyrically adept and open as anything he's done going back to the Three EPs. Whilst no ‘happy clappy' collection, lyrically unafraid to pin its beliefs to its sleeve, Meet The Humans is the sound of a songwriter in full stride, not just in artistic terms, but of the whole 360, full life variety.
It may be no conscious thing, Steve is happy to accept that he often doesn't know where the songs come from, yet Meet The Humans crashes into our current divided world with its flag flying high for communication and community, there is very much such a thing as society within its eleven tracks. As a follow up to his ‘double political concept album' Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time this is an album that is, in true Steve Mason fashion, a reaction against that concept and a move towards a more simple ethic; ‘a song where each album is a separate entity, where there is no great narrative running through it.'
Nonetheless, to the attentive listener, if not its creator, the record repeatedly returns to core themes, the possibility of others to redeem the self, the opportunity of change for the better in the individual, the joy of life and the world we inhabit, a joy discovered by Steve with his move from ‘a cottage in the woods in Scotland' to the creative buzz of Brighton. 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve pressed by Optimal in Germany and includes a MP3 download card.