Willy Mason, ‘If the Ocean Gets Rough’ (Astralwerks)

Mason is a 22-year-old rustic singer/songwriter who’s added his Martha’s Vineyard musical gang for a second album heavier on texture (hello, cello!) and sweeter on harmonies (courtesy of his mom, Jemimah James). His slumbery Jonathan Richman–meets–Beck vocals make every song a potential slacker lullaby, as exemplified by “I Can’t Sleep.” And the stories underneath the tunes question the world with that “What the fuck am I doing?” insecurity that comes from choosing the path less traveled.

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