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"Lee Mason"

Lee Mason

Amsterdamers Lee Mason (it’s a band, not a guy) have self-released a 5-song e.p. of melodic country-inflected music for your listening pleasure. The four-piece band is comprised of veterans of the Amsterdam music scene, and as such, what you get are well-crafted and well-played songs by a group of musicians who are working well together. Well. The opener, “Palace”, is a downbeat piece that is driven by its vocal harmonies, and is somewhat reminiscent of Low. “Pool” comes more from the Steve Earle side of songwriting, dirty rocking dark country with a menacing acoustic guitar pulsing at the heart of the band, and augmented by some thumping percussion. Again the vocal harmonies are there, but they’re working more as howls and growls on this one. “Dish” begins as one of those acoustic versions of hit songs that guitar bands of the nineties used to do, but swells towards the finish with a nice horn line that works well with the lead vocals, before a gentle and fragile ending rounds the song out. With “Fucking Tree” the band move into a quick-but-not-too-quick country lilt, and a nice trumpet part that duets with the singer to even better effect than on “Dish”. The tree itself is a willow, by the way, and I’m not entirely sure why we’re fucking it, or maybe we’re just angry with it, but anyway, never mind, look what you have done, I’ve put the kettle on. The album ends with “Dry”, a simple and meditative introspection that wins further awards from your humble reviewer for its use of trumpet.
-Doug Cowie

- www.the phill(er).com


EP1 - 2005
EP2 - 2006
EP3 - 2007
EP4 - 2008
Palace (debut-album)- 2009
Songs that have been airplayed and/or streamed: - Safe as houses, Stamina, Dish, Pool, Song for dead aeroplanes, Strong wind.



Lee Mason is a singer/songwriter based band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Their music curves around classic songwriting like we know from
the Buckleys, The Band, Bon Iver, Simon and Garfunkel, Sufjan Stevens, Don McClean,
Bright Eyes, Joan As Policewoman and so on. Yet it has a strongly recognizable, soulful touch in playing their folk-based music with it’s almost classical arrangements.
The great variety in types of songs and the layered, detailed composition they consist of, feature Lee Mason’s repertoire in quite a unique way.

During the beginning of august, they have recorded their debut-album in no more than four days!
No overdubs, no punch-ins. The old-fashioned way.
In order to capture that magical densed and dynamic feeling that is so typical for their live-performances. And it worked out well.

Lee Mason has played on various radio-shows (national and local), released four EP’s, did several tours in Holland and is now in the final round of De Grote Prijs van Nederland (which is the biggest Dutch award for emerging artists).
End of august their album was finished and it is expected to be released in january 2010.

From september 7th to september 20th they were promoting their album in Toronto and
NYC. Doing house-concerts, performing in clubs including The Livingroom and played on The New Island Festival.