Stunning”. The 29 year old son of song writers Jemima James and Michael Mason exerts infinite wisdom
all the way through, beginning with the lyrics “What is this? Evergreens are dying, are they even trying.
What is this? All the money’s dying is it worth trying” with a voice eerily similar to a cross between
Johnny Cash with a higher voice, and an older Colin Hay.
We were unfamiliar with Willie Mason before listening to this, but after we read the musical experience
on his resume we understood why it was so good. Carry On certainly explores different sounds and
genres for example: “Talk me down” and “Restless Fugitive” almost have a sound of old dub in the
beginning while on “Carry On” and “Show Me The Way To Go Home” his guitar has a very
blues/grassroots feel to it and we suspect it could be tuned in drop D, but that’s our best guess.
“Into tomorrow” is a ray of sunshine with a certain sense of hope for the future singing “forget about
the past, shut your eyes and hope this lasts and let out all the demons from your face”. If there’s any
song that’s worth a campfire sing along, surely it’s “I Got Gold” where he belts out “I Got Gold
underneath the ground”. “Painted Glass” and “Shadows in the DK” have more synthetic sounds then
the rest of the album but for the most part is organic.
The album closes with “If It’s The End” which certainly has the most addictive guitar strumming pattern
and a balancing and grounding chorus “If it’s the end, it’s not the only end, let it begin, let it unfold
again”. We leave this with one final word: MORE!!!