Frosty w/ Maston – Celsius Drop
Thursday, October 26 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Here it is, highly honed and happening for YOU. On his weekly Celsius Drop show, dublab co-founder Frosty guides you through an exploration of the vast Future Roots music spectrum. Tune-in to grasp your destiny.
This week in the 11am hour, Frosty flings open the dublab studio door to welcome Maston for a DJ set to celebrate his glowing new album. Will Schube tells us a little more about Maston in advance…
Frank Maston has written a soundtrack for the best movie never made.
The songwriter, producer, and now, label head, has spent five years away from his solo project,
Maston, filling his days in the Netherlands accompanying Dutch rockstar Jacco Gardner. Having
always wanted to live abroad, Maston jumped at the opportunity, assimilating into the culture
and slowly easing his way back into songwriting—incorporating his experiences on the road and
abroad into his new work. Tulips, out October 27th on his own Phonoscope label, is a document
of time spent between two worlds. Rather than trying to paste together his experiences in
Holland with the life he lives in Los Angeles, Maston has created an album that is neither
tethered to place nor restricted by his nomadic living situation. Instead, Maston reached for
untapped influence—particularly the deep-grooving soundtracks of French and Italian
cinema—to help shape Tulips. The result is a technicolor tour de force of a world unseen yet
wholly imaginable. On an album of catchy pop hits, it’s Maston’s aesthetic precision that truly
While Maston wanted to do away with American influence on Tulips, the studio wizardry of
legends like Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson still makes its way onto the album. Take “Turning
In,” for instance, a track that begins as a slow walk in the park, an old Grass Roots song in neon.
Once a comfort level sets in, Maston introduces a scorched-Earth guitar solo that would startle if
its tone wasn’t so perfect. On “Chase Theme 1” Maston reimagines a Spaghetti Western on acid
while “Sure Thing” is music to accompany an elevator ride you never want to end.
Tulips is the followup to Maston’s 2013 release, Shadows, although the two couldn’t be more
distinct in sound. If Shadows is the Beach Boys, Tulips is the love child between Ennio
Morricone and the French New Wave. It’s a producer’s album, but the songwriting is what holds
Tulips together. Frank Maston’s music has never sounded more assured.
Around the world and back again, Maston returns home with Tulips in tow. We’ll let him leave
as often as he likes, as long as he keeps returning with gifts as fine as this.
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