Run Away showcases Mason’s song-writing skills, seeing his contemplative lyrics set against a more minimal arrangement of piano and acoustic guitar with string swells augmenting the mood perfectly, especially during the song’s bridge. Hardly Go Through tonally matches Run Away, yet manages to feature a more upbeat, and less sparse, arrangement. Planet Sizes was a great choice for lead single, with its booming piano riff hooking the listener early on, creating a solid base from which Mason can explore thematic variations and experiment with strong juxtaposition by throwing in an uber-pop chorus and bridge. It is disappointing that the beautifully sparse, Through My Window – being composed predominately of two repeated guitar and piano chords, and Mason’s lyrics and vocals displaying a satisfying fragility – was not selected to close Meet The Humans, with that honour instead going to the trip-hop infused Words In My Head.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 21st February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.