beams of the huge night


The Will Mason Ensemble has shared the single “Finn” from their debut album Beams of the Huge Night, due August 28, 2015. The track premiered via PopMatters, who states, “Beauty and dread walk hand in hand, and the mood can turn on a dime, and the mood can turn on a dime, which is exactly the feeling you get on ‘Finn,’ an extraordinary free-form 16-and-a-half-minute composition that forms the heart of the new album Beams of the Huge Night.

Listen to the track on Soundcloud now.

William Mason constructs otherworldly music of immense complexity that nevertheless sounds seamless and coherent. Mason’s sonic palette is informed as much by jazz avant-garde pioneers like Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy as by contemporary concert music composers like Georg Friedrich Haas and György Ligeti. Color and texture are privileged, and lithe and sinuous grooves come into focus only to recede quickly back into the murk. Much of the music is meticulously through-composed, but it also incorporates extensive improvisation by a band comprised of some of NYC’s brightest young musicians.
Beams of the Huge NIght’s track-listing follows, and is available for pre-order here.
1. Finn
2. Door 6
3. Door 7
4. Dixfield, ME
5. Strong, ME
6. Brille

The William Mason Ensemble has also added a performance with Joseph C. Phillips Jr.’s ensemble Numinous at New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge on September 21. Tickets to the event are available here.