“I think we definitely
unearthed some new territory with this record,” says Maine
singer/songwriter Jason Spooner of his latest independently released
album Sea Monster. Downshifting from the primarily acoustic
production aesthetic of his earlier works, Spooner's recently
released Monster project, co-produced by Spooner and Jonathan Wyman,
ramps up the a significant electric edge and percussive thrust,
eliciting comparisons from Dire Straits to The John Mayer Trio to
Blues Traveller. Spooner's impressive fretwork is a centerpiece of
the album, a masterful workshop in guitar play that enhances but
never gets in the way of the songs.
“In the past, I had been so
focused on making acoustic music that the electric was relegated to
more of a supporting role…one of the smaller brushes in the batch,"
Spooner explains. "This time around, I just focused on the right
guitar for the right song. There’s no question that the electrics
ended up front and center on this record... ” From the
Knopfler-esque swing of "Color of Rain" to the barstool grit of the
bluesy "Half A Mind" to the lonesome steel-pedal moan that permeates
the jazzy shuffle "Fossil", Sea Monster is a revelation of tasteful
understatement. The best indicator that something really special is
underway comes with a funky and agile remake of Terence Trent
D'Arby's 80's dance/pop classic "Wishing Well", reinvented here as a
brass-tinged workout with a razor-sharp guitar break.