European tour dates & Rough Trade Shops in-stores confirmed
Steve Mason has today shared the stunning video to Walking Away From Love, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming new album, About The Light, which is out on Double Six on Friday 18th January 2019. The video was directed by Edwin Burdis and shot on location in The Gambia.
The new album, About The Light is his fourth solo album following Boys Outside (2010), Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time (2013) and Meet The Humans (2016). Having written most of his previous albums alone, About The Light marks a change in approach for Steve.
“I decided with this album that I wanted to get my live band involved at every stage because I wanted to capture the energy that we produce when we play live shows, so this time the band and myself worked on a collection of songs over the course of last year,” he explains.
Picking Stephen Street to produce the album, and with a very clear plan in mind, from the off the goal was to capture the songs live and draw out their soulful elements. Recorded at studios in London and Brighton, About The Light, sees a subtle yet noticeable evolution in Steve’s sound.
“When I listen to this album it feels and sounds like the first ‘legitimate’ record that I have ever made. It’s hard to explain but it sounds like a ‘real’ album. I think that is partly the production, the playing and the work that I did with the band for all those months in our rehearsal room on the South Coast,” says Steve. “It’s a beautiful, confident, positive, angry, loving and gentle album which once again moves what I do forward,” he adds. “David Bowie said that you should always be slightly out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve greatness, and for the first time perhaps ever, I deliberately pushed myself into that place. Who doesn’t want greatness?”
UK pre-orders of About The Light come with an exclusive UK ticket pre-sale code for Mason's upcoming UK tour dates. You can pre-order exclusive formats of the album HERE and via Dom Mart HERE. About The Light is also available on CD (DS121CD), vinyl (DS121LP), digitally (DS121D).
Steve has also announced both a run of U.K. shows around the release of the record and a number of Rough Trade Shops in-stores. The list of current dates is as follows:
19.01.19 – Rough Trade East – LONDON
21.01.19 – Rough Trade – BRISTOL
22.01.19 - Resident - BRIGHTON
23.01.19 – Rough Trade - NOTTINGHAM
30.01.19 – Riverside – NEWCASTLE
31.01.19 – SWG3 – GLASGOW
01.02.19 – Belgrave Music Hall – LEEDS
02.02.19 – Academy 2 – MANCHESTER
07.02.19 – Hackney Arts Centre – LONDON
08.02.19 – The Fleece – BRISTOL
09.02.19 – St. Bartholomew’s Church – BRIGHTON
14.02.19 – Auster-Club - BERLIN
15.02.19 – Paradiso - AMSTERDAM
16.02.19 – Badaboum - PARIS