CMU Approved

Approved: Steve Mason – Boys Outside

By | Published on Wednesday 21 April 2010

Steve Mason has released two solo albums since the break up of The Beta Band in 2004, but his latest, ‘Boys Outside’, is the first to be released under his own name. Produced by Richard X, the album is an attempt to apply R&B-style production to a simple singer-songwriter album. I’m still not entirely sure that plan was carried out successfully, but that’s by the by, as the actual result is one of this year’s most beautiful records.

Mason has always had an amazing ability to write vocal harmonies, and combined with his most personal lyrics to date, this works to devastating effect on songs like ‘The Letter’ and ‘Lost & Found’, the latter of which is released as a single this week. All of which you can experience for yourself right now, as the album is streaming in full on Steve’s website, ahead of its release on 3 May. Selected independent record stores are also already stocking the vinyl version.