Eight Moments Of Spring is the kaleidoscopic new album from Montréal-via-Saskatoon’s Dumb Angel. Essentially a vehicle for the music of singer-songwriter Shaun Mason, as Dumb Angel he etches out an distinct place for himself in the Canadian music spectrum with his compelling take on the folk genre.
Mason draws inspiration as much from the work of 1960s and 70s folk singer-songwriters such as Nick Drake, as he does from the 1990s British shoegaze bands like Slowdive, seamlessly blending these influences into what perhaps can only be described as ‘space folk’.
Recorded in July 2011 with Jace Lasek (of The Besnard Lakes) at Montreal’s Breakglass Studios, Eight Moments Of Spring is the first Dumb Angel album to step outside of the sparse guitar- and vocal-based framework of previous albums, and features the addition of drums, piano and bass. The new full band lineup works to heighten the transcendent, blissful qualities and dynamic subtleties of Mason’s music, while maintaining the hushed, melodic, hypnotic center that has become his trademark.
Slated for a March 20th 2012 release (incidentally, also the first day of Spring) on Clamour Records, Eight Moments Of Spring promises to be an exhilarating step forward for Dumb Angel as Mason, backed by a full band, takes advantage of his Montreal base and expands his musical reach, both within Canada and internationally. An album launch event on March 19th and a series of short tours are in the works, as well as plans to record the follow-up full-length within the year.