Steve Mason: Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time

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Since the demise of The Beta Band almost 10 years ago, its lead singer Steve Mason has been steadily delivering music in the guise of King Biscuit Time and then, under his own name, he released Boys Outside in 2010. His new album, Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time, sounds like it might just be his best work to date. Lyrically, there’s a sense that Mason’s introspective tendencies are chanelling confidence rather than self-doubt, while musically, the album is made up of Beta Band-like experimental instrumentals, spoken word interludes and probably the pure-toned singer’s most anthemic, beautifully crafted creations yet.