Denuo : Lucid

In 2016 singer-songwriter Tom Mason, using his familiar recording name, Denuo, released the Frozen Lake EP - its title track a remarkable piece of cinematic majesty. There's been a long silence since. Now he has returned, forerunning his latest album with this single.

Lucid may have been prompted by a new spatial relationship but, just like Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog seem in their essence to embody the soul of the Llŷn Peninsula, Mason's music, haunted by an aura of fragility and absence, seems to draw a profound inspiration from the North Wales coast where he lives. Valid comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Bon Iver and Phoenix can be made, yet there is still a sense of place deeply grained in the finely crafted sound.

The new release is a fervent drift of dream-pop - a longing, summery reminiscence shaped, like much of Denuo's back catalogue, by an underlying melancholy. Mason himself describes it as, "a love song to a place that felt like home. It's a bittersweet feeling, almost like the denial of a breakup, where you're trying to live in the memories of better times." Lucid stirs that precise emotion in the listener.

The lyrical object of Mason's ardour is Japan, where he spent time in 2017. To deepen that connection for this composition, photographer Asami Nobuoka provided the single's artwork and director Pennacky is working on a video for the track. Live dates and an album will follow - Lucid suggests both should be much anticipated; Mason is back as one of North Wales' most thoughtful and expressive musicians.