Back in 2021 Emily Masson released twenty first century mood. Masson is back with a new full length album entitled lost at home. The lineup for this album includes Emily Masson (vocals), Rob Jones (guitar), AJ Fullerton (guitar), Levi Brown (bass). Mike Beck (percussion) Michele Gomez (percussion) and Tia Brown (vocals). Masson mentions “lost at home is a reflection. it is a ride through many different feelings and touches on frustration, despair, hope, anger, redemption, and a determination to identify not only one's own mistakes but also is a pushing back on those who seek to control, and say no more: we can pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and reclaim our autonomy and our right to pursue our individual dreams.”
The album begins with the title track “lost at home” which was one of the highlights. I love the groove on this song which is a warm blend of clean guitar, steady, drums and bass. The themes on this seem to be about the powers that are controlling us. That was at least my interpretation. Some of the lyrics seem to be about the lockdown we all went through. Masson’s vocals are in a natural comfortable range here and she sounds great. I thought it was a great opener.
“spiraling up” is next and this one has a little more of a somber and reflective tone at least at first. The chorus brings up the mood and is very catchy. Masson sings “But maybe I’m spiraling up / Maybe I’m filling my cup / Maybe I’m not spiraling down.” It’s another solid song.
“become the one” opens with a Latin infused groove. It’s lush, comforting and a bit melancholy. The phaser infused guitars sound great here and it just felt like I was getting really relaxed with this song. “Her Every Way” was the fist time I thought of Fleetwood Mac. Something about the vocals and the mystical qualities in this song seemed to align.
We get a more rock oriented track on “Life Begins Again (feat AJ Fullerton)” which contains some distorted lead guitar. That being said the song is dynamic and with a very subdued verse. There’s an intimacy to this song which feels very personal.
“broken shells” has a killer bass and drum groove. It’s by far the funkiest song yet and has this spoken word type delivery which worked. I was getting some ’70s attitude on this song. As the album progresses I thought there were a number of highlights. “why not ask why” and “mother nature cries” were great but I loved the country and bluegrass infused “watchu du.” “our eyes are wide” was solid but the kinetic “when we’re eighty” was a fantastic closer.
This was a great album. There’s a good variety of songs here which play into different emotions. Masson hits it out of the park with this release. Take a listen.
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