Release Date: Jan 18, 2019
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Following 2016's excellent Meet the Humans, former Beta Band mastermind Steve Mason takes a more organic and collaborative approach on his fourth solo album, About the Light. While his later catalog has increasingly revealed his acumen as a more straightforward pop songwriter, the Fife native's reputation as a wily studio maverick who builds glorious tracks out of odd bits and bobs has stuck with him since his early days. Having proven many times over that his signature approach yields fruit, Mason decided to take a leap into the unknown, employing his live band to write, rehearse, and record together as a team.
In 2018 The Beta Band reissued some of their catalogue, ready for them to be devoured and delighted in by a new generation. It seems apt, then, that About the Light, the newest record from the band's Steve Mason comes across as his most fully formed, joyful, and downright funky as a solo artist. It feels as if this is Mason returning to his roots, enjoying being part of a band again, rather than bringing his compositions to a group of hired hands.