When Where the Humans Eat came out in 2004, 19-year-old Martha's Vineyard native Willy Mason was praised for his preternaturally world-weary voice and literate musings on personal integrity and societal hypocrisy. His debut, and 2007 follow-up If the Ocean Gets Rough, littered with folk, country, and blues influences, prompted comparisons to Dylan, Lennon, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash, along with tours with the likes of My Morning Jacket and Evan Dando. Mason then retreated to the Vineyard for the next five years. This week he has a new U.S. EP, Don't Stop Now, three of whose four tracks are drawn from Carry On, a full-length album already released in the U.K. but unavailable stateside. The new stuff shows Mason's philosophical nature and maroon-streaked voice intact, but with new sonic dimensions — drumboxes defining quirkier rhythms, echoey electric guitars — thanks to London producer Dan Carey (of Hot Chip and M.I.A. experience). More of Carry On presumably will be unveiled live.
Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., 2013