Charleston singer/guitarist Keon Masters unveiled his second solo EP, No Problem. The refreshing EP breezes by, patched together with catchy choruses and brimming with sunny alt-rock energy.
Locally known as frontman for local indie rock five-piece Brave Baby, Masters steps away from that sound in his solo work.
“Brave Baby has something about it that feels like ‘night time’ music — upbeat, a little mysterious, sincere and big sounding,” Masters told City Paper. “My solo work is more laid back, the songs are more ‘singer/songwriter-y’ in regard to the lyrics being very personal — either a touch more sad or sometimes more funny.”
Masters recorded the new four-song EP in Big Trouble Studios in Atlanta, which marked his first time recording outside of the Charleston scene in more than a decade. Daniel Gleason, bassist for Los Angeles alt-rock outfit Grouplove, produced the record with sound engineer TJ Elias who works with Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra.
The EP features Grouplove drummer Benjamin Homola and local multi-instrumentalist Aaron Utterbeck of Human Resources band on bass and guitar. Additional instrumentation was contributed by local musicians Christian Chidester and Steven Walker.
With his own solo shows on the horizon, plus more music from Brave Baby, Masters has a lot to look forward to.
“PSA: Never stop doing cool shit with your friends,” he said.
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