'Songs of the Silent Years' is the debut EP from Margate-based, husband and wife duo, mas. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, endorsed by Tim Hughes of Worship Central, mas received 170 pledges to make their debut EP a reality. Their songs have been brought to life by respected, and innovative, producer Jonny Bird, in Martin Smith's studio in Brighton.
mas is made up of songwriter and musician Steph Dickinson, and multi-instrumentalist Michael Dickinson. Although not new to the music scene as musicians, worship leaders and songwriters, this E.P sees a breaking of silence as far as public releases. Following a nervous breakdown in 2010, Steph has spent the best part of a decade writing and working outside of the public eye. This E.P marks a new season of stepping back into view and releasing the songs that have been crafted through a season of obscurity and restoration.
Influenced by the likes of Gungor, Mutemath, and The Staves, Songs of the Silent Years captures raw, honest lyrics and catchy, sing-able melodies; multi-layered instrumental arrangements with a sprinkle of digital fairy dust. Moving between anthemic foot-stompers and soul-searching intimacy, mas give a glimpse of the journey they’ve walked. Melody is king in mas’ music, which is delivered with tenderness and power in equal measure. Expect passion and energy, vulnerability and depth; this is mas.
“Michael and Steph have put together an incredibly powerful collection of songs, beautifully reflecting their journey over the last few years. I'm not sure I can think of a more authentic project- raw, genuine and grappling. Michael's haunting piano parts (set against Jonny Bird's angsty production) punctuate the lyric brilliantly. It's not an EP to be boxed in either, balancing songs for the church with accessible material for outside those walls - again all pinned by their authenticity." - Henry Marsden, Founder of Bespoke Records
"Aside from Steph’s sublime vocal performance, what makes this six-track offering really work is the musical inventiveness of the Dickinsons and producer Jonny Bird, with ambient soundscapes sitting next to toy piano bridges one minute and full throttle codas the next, with no track sounding the same as the other. An innovative and hugely enjoyable maiden voyage." - Lins Honeyman, Cross Rhythms
Momentum has been building following the release of four singles since June 2019, which have gained national radio play (including BBC Introducing Kent), secured six Spotify editorial playlists, and racked up over 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone. With anticipation high, mas prepare to release the full EP, 'Songs of the Silent' Years, which hits major platforms on 01.11.19. For mas, this is just the beginning.