Chris Mason

christrees square“Hidden Shoal delivers another winner with this record as Mason deftly sets himself apart from a long list of singer-songwriters.” Delusions of Adequacy

It was inevitable, really. From a family of musicians (father, brother, uncountable sisters) …another musician. Treading the path most trodden, taking the easy decision into a life of creative despair and financial ruin. No, really…

The stunning pop of Masons debut Up Down Up was the result of an auteur’s touch. The album was wonderfully received and resulted in Mason becoming an iTunes indie feature artist. Chris Mason is also the founding member of sonic star-gazers My Majestic Star.


Discography

Restless


July 2007

On his sophomore release Chris Mason and his band The Implosion traverse the realms of melancholic pop, gorgeously crafted acoustica and shining newgaze rock. Restless is a masterful foray into pop music in all its varied guises.

The albums features the recently released single ‘Fast and Furious’ with its visceral growling guitars, layered rolling hooks and aching vocals. Along with the hanging ambient acoustica of ‘Wait’, the down rock viscera of the Swerverdriver’esque “The Safety Day” and the gorgeous rising pop of the title track, Restless is kaleidoscopically beautiful, built around a wonderful sense of songcraft and pop sensibility.

Up Down Up


May 2006

Chris Mason delivers an exquisite debut, laiden with beautifully crafted melancholic pop songs. Too many adjectives? Have a listen and you’ll see why.

 

Biography

The Music
“Up Down Up” is a slab of layered, lush melancholic pop by Australian pop maestro Chris Mason. A beautifully crafted longplay that soars and dives with each new track, moving through landscapes of shoegaze bliss rock to gentle melancholic acoustica. This is undeniably engaging pop that leaves an impression long after the last chord is struck.

From the anthemic shoegaze pop of “Better” (the first single released off the album), to the down and drugged waltz of “Drowning”, to the gentle acoustic zen melancholia of “Running”, the album manages to embrace and distill all that is good about indie guitar pop while carving its own special space.

The album continues the lineage of the fine indie singer songwriter guitar pop that has come out of this country of late. Music that manages to infuse itself with a unique and innate Australian feel while never being cliched or obvious.

In recent recognition of the album’s strength, “Up Down Up, was chosen as one of the “Left of Centre Slices of Brilliance” in iTunes Australia’s January 2007 Indie Singer/Songwriter Spotlight.

The album saw its original release in May 2006 and is now available from all good online stores including iTunes, eMusic, Sony Connect and the HSR Store.

The Man
It was inevitable, really. From a family of musicians (father, brother, uncountable sisters) …another musician. Treading the path most trodden, taking the easy decision into a life of creative despair and financial ruin. No, really…

Chris Mason, solo artist, locked in the studio for quite some time but finally emerging with an album that, to his perfectionist mind, was good enough for other people to hear. Writing, arrangements, production, and instrumentation all sweated over. This album is the result of an auteur’s touch.

With an ep currently in production and a string of live shows set for 2007, the story continues and begins to look more interesting with each passing episode.

 

News

  • Eat Your Friends: A Hidden Shoal 10th Anniversary Compilation

    Eat Your FriendsHidden Shoal is excited to end the celebration of its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. This freely downloadable album not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists.

    From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.

    Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang  of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.

    Eat Your Friends is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and is also streamable via SoundCloud. Listen and then throw yourself into the wormhole as you explore the originals and more work by the remixers and cover artists.  For all the filmmakers, games designers and others in need of engaging music, don’t forget that all tracks in our catalogue are available for licensing (film, tv, games, compilations etc).

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  • Hidden Shoal is 10!

    Hidden ShoalHidden Shoal is extremely excited to be celebrating its 10th birthday this month. It’s hard to believe that back in May 2006, Perth-based musicians Cam Merton, Stuart Medley and Malcolm Riddoch began Hidden Shoal Recordings as a means to put out releases by local artists. Tim Clarke, based in Melbourne, joined the team in 2007. Hidden Shoal has since gone on to become a much-loved independent label and publisher, releasing over 120 albums from a diverse range of international artists and licensing music from its catalogue across film, tv, web and compilation.

    Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!

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  • Hidden Shoal Turns Six!

    Throughout the month of May 2012, Hidden Shoal Recordings is celebrating its sixth birthday. Later in the month will be the release of the latest free sampler album, Triangulating Nature, which compiles 12 singles released over the last 12 months. Other delicious surprises will be revealed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more info.

    Since starting up in Perth, Western Australia in 2006, Hidden Shoal has developed an enviable roster of genre-defying global and local recording artists. With 40+ acts from 10+ different countries, ranging from British ambient artist Antonymes through to American musical experimentalist Todd Tobias and beyond, the committed team at Hidden Shoal continues to play an integral role in promoting exciting new independent music.

    Come join us and keep an eye on the Hidden Shoal Store for lots of cool special birthday deals!

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  • 2007: Onward, Upward, Outward

    As part of our 5th birthday celebrations, during the month of May we’ll be looking back at the history of Hidden Shoal, year by year, casting some light on artists and releases that may have been overlooked. For one week, all releases covered below will be available from the Hidden Shoal Store with a 40% discount. Flavoursome!

    In 2007, Hidden Shoal pushed onward with a ridiculously full release schedule and tons of new signings. The label continued its expansion internationally with 2007 seeing releases from a diverse and beautiful spectrum of artists based in Germany (Sankt Otten and Jumpel), France (Beautiful Lunar Landscape), the US (Slow Dancing Society, The Hero Cycle, Iretsu, Wes Willenbring, Monocle), Belgium (Colour Kane) and Japan (Cheekbone, The Retail Sectors).

    Locally, 2007 saw releases from ambient duo Moongoat, a new album from Chris Mason and an EP under his My Majestic Star moniker, plus an EP from Melbourne instrumental quartet Bury The Sound (with HSR’s Tim Clarke on guitar).

    In May 2007 we were proud to celebrate our first birthday with the release of the second volume in our free download compilation series, The Garden of Forking Paths. And if that wasn’t enough, we saw out the end of the year with the release of a third compilation, Limit of Maps, rounding up tracks from the second half of 2007 and also featuring a sneak preview of a few 2008 releases, too.

    However, perhaps the crowning achievement of a busy year was being named one of Textura’s 10 favourite labels of 2007. The feeling’s mutual – Textura is easily one of our favourite music sites. To be just one year in and be acknowledged like that felt like quite an honour.

    HSR013:   Moongoat Moongoat EP
    HSR014:   My Majestic Star Fining EP
    HSR015:   Sankt Otten Wir Koennen Ja Freunde Bleiben
    HSR016:   The Hero Cycle Lakes and Ponds EP
    HSR017:   Colour Kane A Taste Of
    HSR018:   Wes Willenbring Somewhere Someone Else
    HSR019:   Various artists The Garden of Forking Paths
    HSR020:   Bury The Sound Autumn Magnets EP
    HSR021:   Chris Mason Restless
    HSR022:   Jumpel Samuel Jason Lies on the Beach
    HSR023:   Cheekbone Yesterday EP
    HSR024:   Beautiful Lunar Landscape Alone in this Dark Romantic Night EP
    HSR025:   Iretsu The Moon and Stars Remain in the Morning Sky
    HSR026:   Slow Dancing Society The Slow and Steady Winter
    HSR027:   Monocle Outer Sunset
    HSR028:   The Retail Sectors Foregone Conclusion
    HSR029:   Sankt Otten Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder
    HSR030:   Various artists Limit of Maps

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  • 2006: HSR is Born!

    As part of our 5th birthday celebrations, over the coming weeks we’ll be looking back at the history of Hidden Shoal, year by year, casting some light on artists and releases that may have been overlooked. For one week, all releases from the year covered will be available from the Hidden Shoal Store with a 50% discount. Flavoursome!

    Hidden Shoal Recordings began in Perth, Western Australia in May 2006. The motivation behind starting the label was to release music by Hidden Shoal’s very own Cam Merton (Glassacre), Stu Medley (Motor Eye) and Mal Riddoch (Enargeia). Friends Wayne Harriss, Chris Mason, Toby Richardson and Craig Hallsworth (Tangled Star) soon came on board, with the first swathe of Hidden Shoal releases dominated by Perth-based talent.

    The first year of operation also saw the signing of our first international artists, Slow Dancing Society – who has since gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums– and Italian math-rockers Dilatazione.

    HSR001:  Wayne Harriss Aerospace
    HSR002:  My Majestic Star Ideas Are The Answer
    HSR003:  Motor Eye Motor Eye
    HSR004:  Chris Mason Up Down Up
    HSR005:  Glassacre Slow Attack EP
    HSR006:  Enargeia UFO: Stryker Force
    HSR007:  Toby Richardson Golden Days EP
    HSR008:  Various artists The Least Vestige of Land
    HSR009:  Enargeia Gulag! 25.9.98
    HSR010:  Slow Dancing Society The Sound Of Lights When Dim
    HSR011:  Dilatazione Too Emotional For Maths
    HSR012:  Tangled Star It’s Now or Later EP

    Twelve releases in the first eight months? We started as we meant to continue!

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  • Hidden Shoal Label Feature at Breakthru Radio

    Check out the latest edition of the wonderful Inside The Label show at New York’s awesome Breakthru Radio (home of the mighty DJ Mojo!). The show features an hour of tracks selected from across the Hidden Shoal catalogue. Lurvly!

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  • Hidden Shoal Free Label Sampler Volume 5

    Hidden Shoal Recordings is pleased to announce the official release of compilation album Crushed and Reminded, the fifth installment in its free sampler album series. Whilst the keen eyed amongst you may have already noted that this has has been available for a few weeks now, we thought we’d allow some breathing space before making the official announcement (busy month!!!)

    Crushed and Reminded takes the listener on a multi-dimensional sonic rollercoaster ride, showcasing tracks from recent 2009 HSR releases. Moving from bitcrushed remixes through cinematic instrumental rock to deliciously mellow ambient electronica, Crushed and Reminded shines a new light across the breadth and depth of the Hidden Shoal landscape.

    It includes stunning songs from 11 Hidden Shoal artists and bands: The Caribbean, HC-B, Sankt Otten, Hotels, Down Review, Tangled Star, Apricot Rail, Tarcutta, Sleeping Me, Elisa Luu and Jumpel. Dip in, then explore each artist’s album and EP releases to experience their full splendour.

    “a gripping, adventurous and touching journey across their catalogue of ambient, shoegaze, post-rock and indie-rock releases. The perfect introduction for the artists and bands, or alternatively, the perfect sampler for those who cannot decide which of these fantastic bands to pay attention to at the moment” – Post Rock Community review of Limit of Maps, volume 3 in the free sampler album series.

    Crushed and Reminded is available for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store, along with volumes 1 to 4.

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  • Hidden Shoal Turns Three!

    Hidden Shoal is proud to announce its 3rd-birthday celebrations! With a roster of 30+ acts from 8 different countries – ranging from the epic ambient-rock cinematics of Italy’s HC-B through to the genius space-pop of one of Seattle’s bright lights, Hotels –Hidden Shoal has earned a special place in the new musical landscape.

    “Finding Hidden Shoal Recordings could rightly claim to be in the top 10 best things that ever happened to me, such is the quality and diversity of their roster”– Boring Machine Disturbs Sleep

    “they continually showcase new, innovative artists to the masses” —The Silent Ballet

    “This generation’s 4AD” New York radio host and promoter DJ Mojo

    The label will host a birthday bash at the Velvet Lounge in Mt Lawley, Perth on the 13th of May. Special guest DJs will be spinning sets curated from the Hidden Shoal catalogue, including previews of some exciting upcoming releases. There will be giveaways, CDs available, and a bevy of local HSR artists to touch! The evening will also feature a special performance by the wonderful pairing of Tristen Parr (Fall Electric, Schvendes) and Stina Thomas (Fall Electric, Stina).

    During May the label will be running a number of promotions, including CD giveaways and HSR Store vouchers, as well as in conjunction with a number of other music sites and radio stations. Mailing list subscribers will be in for an extra special range of treats so be sure to sign up and get ready for the goods. All details will be revealed during the month, so stay tuned!

    Read a full press release here.

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  • Hidden Shoal's 4th Free Label Sampler Album Released

    Hidden Shoal Recordings today announced the release of East-West Section, the fourth volume in the label’s free sampler album series, compiling tracks from recently released albums and EPs.

    East-West Section is like a knife with ears – an audible slice through Hidden Shoal’s 2008 releases. But no blood! We’ve stitched these killer tracks into a brand new tapestry… From the delicate ambient murmur of RL/VL to the avant-pop mastery of Iretsu; the lush lounge-jazz of Rich Bennett to the sublime ambient rock of City Of Satellites; the charming electro-pop of Ghost In The Water to the addictive indie-rock of Fall Electric and The Slow Beings; and acclaimed Hidden Shoal mainstays My Majestic Star, Sankt Otten and Slow Dancing Society. This is an irresistible showcase of the breadth and depth of the Hidden Shoal catalogue.

    “Hidden Shoal Recordings is on a mission. The Australian label is busy enhancing minds, widening musical consciousness, opening ears, and taking us beyond the sometimes all too comfortably familiar” – Blogcritics

    “a gripping, adventurous and touching journey across their catalogue of ambient, shoegaze, post-rock and indie-rock releases. The perfect introduction for the artists and bands, or alternatively, the perfect sampler for those who cannot decide which of these fantastic bands to pay attention to at the moment” – Post Rock Community review of Limit Of Maps, volume 3 in the free sampler album series

    East-West Section is now available for free digital download from the HSR Store. Read a full press release here.

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  • The 2008 Hidden Shoal Xmas Party – It's Almost Time!

    xmas-party.jpgYes folks it’s almost time for the 2008 Hidden Shoal Christmas Party, presented by wonderful team at Aperture. The event will be held on Friday 19th December at the Bakery in Perth and features a stunning line-up of bands: Enargeia, My Majestic Star, The Slow Beings, Fall Electric, Apricot Rail and Toby Richardson and The Surround Sound. The night will also include artwork by visual artists Nicola Kaye, Stephen Terry, Uriah Mathews, James Stillitoe, Sam Landels and Stuart Medley, video greetings from our international artists, and delicious selections from the Hidden Shoal catalogue played throughout the night.

    We can also announce a very special closing set from experimental electronic acousmatitians Enargeia. The duo will perform “Hidden Shoal Redux”, a Stockhausen inspired Hymnen to the HSR sound using their colleagues own recordings as source material for an exploration in sonic chaos.

    The party is also the celebration of the release of the new volume in our free sampler album series, East-West Section, which will be available for free download on the night. To anyone attending, bring along your thumb drive or USB stick to be the first to download the album! East-West Section will then be available through the HSR Store.

    This event will be suitably HUGE! Be there or become the rhomboid you always feared you might.

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Reviews

  • Chris Mason "Restless" – Delusions of Adequacy

    Excerpt – “Mason combines soft acoustic guitars with personal, poetic lyrics to produce a sound that is original and distinctive. His most recent single, ‘Fast and Furious’, has been receiving some airplay and the rest of the album is also remarkable… Mason’s low-key approach and relaxed style make for easy listening, but his musical abilities and lyrical aptitude put it a step above the rest… He manages to capture every nuance with this album and the result is absorbing. Mason’s practiced hand at the guitar displays obvious skill and this mellow music is perfectly suited to his talents. Restless is a worthwhile new album and Chris Mason is definitely an artist to look out for. Hidden Shoal delivers another winner with this record as Mason deftly sets himself apart from a long list of singer-songwriters.”

    Delusions of Adequacy

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  • Chris Mason “Up Down Up” – Itunes Australia Indie Singer/Songwriter Spotlight

    “Up Down Up“, was chosen as one of the “Left of Centre Slices of Brilliance” in iTunes Australia January 2007 Indie Singer/Songwriter Spotlight. See the feature on Itunes here, or if the feature has ended, click here for a screenshot.

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Licensing

Chris Mason’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.

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