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Leaving his previous sound and style behind, Mason Owens has released his new EP “Early Hours”. The EP sees him draw upon influences such as Nick Drake, Tracy Chapman and John Marty and steer away from his previously raw and aggressive sounding single “Off The Bat”. Labelling the EP as a ”new phase” in his career, Owens blends intricate guitar work with folk-infused melodies and sentimental lyricism in this excellent four track release.
The first track of the collection, “Stoned In The Vallies” is about the feeling many can appreciate of being caged up for so long that you can no longer remember what feeling actually feels like, with a total desire of wanting to be free. “Coming Down“ follows on as a story of missing somewhere, something or someone that is no longer here. With the initial idea the track took real meaning after the sad passing of one of Owen’s good friends mother and serves as a tribute to her.
The penultimate track on the EP, “Fly Away” brings back the theme of freedom, penned by Owens during a short time in prison and inspired by a small bird that his fellow inmates and himself kept as a pet in their cell. The symbolic nature of a bird wanting to be free and fly away becoming a way of Owens expressing his feelings during that time. “See Everyday” the final track of the EP again plays on the need for escapism, narrating the story of escaping into the wilderness with the one you love and leaving everything behind to be as one together in nature.
Liverpool alt-folk hero Mason turned to the world renowned electronic producer and DJ Hector Barbour (Denis Sulta) to work on the EP.
"Stoned In The Vallies" is the first song on the EP.
Bursting onto Liverpool’s contemporary folk scene in 2020 after releasing his debut single “I’m Not an Englishman”, Owens gained impressive streaming figures exceeding 100,000, in turn gaining BBC Introducing and fellow Merseysider, Jamie Webster's attention.
Mason has performed at some of the most popular venues across Liverpool including the O2 Academy and Liverpool Eventim Olympia. Further to these performances, Owens is set to play an upcoming gig at the Liverpool Arts Club in November 13th which sees his first major headline, full band show.
“Early Hours” the highly anticipated folk escapism EP by Mason Owens is out now on all major streaming platforms.