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Approved: Steve Mason – Planet Sizes

By | Published on Thursday 7 January 2016

Steve Mason

It’s always a reassuring moment when Steve Mason returns with new music, so how nice of him to get in so early in the new year with ‘Planet Sizes’, the first single from his latest solo album ‘Meet The Humans’.

The follow-up to 2013’s ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’, a political concept album he described as “one long song [with] many different moods, emotions and messages”, he takes a different and more conventional approach on ‘Meet The Humans’, offering “an album where each song is a separate entity, where there is no great narrative running through it”.

And so it’s hard to know what the rest of the album, due for release on 26 Feb through Domino’s Double Six imprint, has in store. As a starting point though, ‘Planet Sizes’ is very promising. Recorded, as was the whole record, with Elbow’s Craig Potter as producer (in his first production project outside his own band), it’s unmistakably a Mason composition, but given a bigger, bolder sound that feels like a shift from much of his earlier work.

Watch the video for ‘Planet Sizes’ here: