Denuo : It's You14.02.2020 : Twin Moon Records
Conwy singer-songwriter Tom Mason, who records as Denuo, may have only laid a sparse trail of recordings to his next album, but it is a path worth tracking.
In 2016 Mason released the Frozen Lake EP, a set of songs remarkable for their cinematic majesty. Last year a single, Lucid, followed cold-on-the-heels of that short set - offering a fervent drift of dream-pop, a longing, summery reminiscence shaped by an underlying melancholy. Now he punctuates the silence again with It's You, the first release from his long promised, now nearly imminent, new LP.
With lyrics that artfully sketch the uncertainty in an evolving relationship, It's You glides on the thermal energy of elegantly layered synths and guitar:
Truth opens my eyes
Turns the only light on
It's you always on my mind
Always an island
A clear warm night
I never thought I would stay long
I'm treading water
But I know it's right
When you go, I'll hold on to the feeling inside
The track was produced and mixed by Russ Hayes at Orange Sound Recording Studio, Penmaenmawr - you can almost sense in the music the joy there must have been in the studio when it was complete.
Mason has a trademark sound - his songs soar and sweep looking for rapture, creating a world of sonic reverie where the promise and pain of emotional connection are reconciled; It's You is another shimmering shoegaze-pop delight.
The album will be great.
15th March - Gales of Llangollen, Llangollen (solo)
27th March - Telford's Warehouse, Chester
7th May - FOCUS Wales, Wrexham
DENUO I It's You