The Collection of Some Days Are Darker
The solo endeavor of singer/songwriter Lear Mason, Some Days Are Darker illustrates a rich soundscape colored by hues of love, loss, and rebirth, an era-ambiguous amalgamation of goth-rock gloom and modern-day crooner.
Congratulations on your latest music! What is the biggest tip you followed when creating the sound?
I think of the sound like two films colliding. Like Pretty In Pink meets True Detective. It’s a bleak, cynical world and under the surface there’s a longing.
How did the sound evolve from the start to the finish?
Some Days Are Darker began with a much more stripped down sound than you’ll find on the new album. While Love+Truth also explored similar sounds, the self-titled LP is more lush and layered than anything we’ve done. It has its stripped down moments, in songs like Bones and Out Of Focus, but I think a song like the opener, Glitterbomb, for example, takes us to a place we haven’t been before.
Any tricks up your sleeve when making the music?
There are no tricks. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.
Was there a collection of ideas that you had or did you have a really specific idea on the music?
A collection of ideas. A highway moodboard with guardrails. Some Days Are Darker exists in a universe of love, loss, rebirth, existentialism, heartache… it’s era-ambiguous. I’m not writing for the times. I’m not paying attention to trends in music, or formulas. The formula is to be timeless, and ideally, to be meaningful. That being said, the music is not particularly radical or avant-garde. My hope is that it’s familiar enough, but you can’t quite put a finger on it. A moving target. So I had a pretty clear idea of what that was, but as the recording and mixing sessions evolved, we allowed the guardrails to widen. To allow a few new things in. Pianos, church bells, haunting vocal layers—but it’s all part of that same world.
How much time do you demand of yourself to focus on music?
Music is a very strange thing. In terms of writing, I treat it like an art. I don’t demand anything. I’m open and loose. There’s no plan or schedule for writing. If something is coming out, great. If I’m void of inspiration I have to put it down or wait. I don’t force writing ever. The band is different because it’s more like running a business with recording, releases, promo, etc. Even shows and rehearsals are mostly pre-production. So, how much? I don’t know. A lot.
Do you have any tips or tricks for our audience on how to manage your time when it comes to making sure your music is on track for release?
Releases are more like work than art. I don’t know if I’m in any position to give advice. Don’t do what I did and schedule your album 6 weeks in advance and then realize five days before it’s out that you forgot to upload it. Put stuff on your calendar. Block time. Map it out. Have a strategy. I prefer to have a bunch of finished recordings on hand before I even schedule anything. That way I have full control. Which I love.
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