Known ForArtist/Band, Sound, Writing
r.mason is singer-instrumentalist Rebecca Barritt and guitar player Jonathan Blokmanis. r.mason filters soulful songwriting through explorative moods to cook up a project textured with paradox: lightness and tension, desperation and transcendence. Rebecca has been writing songs since she learned to carry a note at age 4; ever since, music has been her second language and the only constant in her life. She is driven by a need to understand life’s heartbeat, transforming ineffable experiences and vulnerable emotions into sound. Her songwriting has been shaped by childhood echoes of church music; passion writers like Bob Dylan, Josh Ritter and Kathleen Edwards; singers like Lana Del Ray, Nina Simone and Norah Jones; duos like Angus and Julia Stone; and composers like Eric Satie. Jonathan is the wizard of pedals and guitars whose alchemy breathes new life into Rebecca’s songs. Jonathan has been studying guitar since sneaking into his older brother’s room to play his prized electric guitar at age 12. His early inspiration came from bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead and guitar players like David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Kelly Joe Phelps and Johnny Greenwood; more recent influences include Kevin Morby, Wilco and War on Drugs. As r.mason, Rebecca and Jonathan weave Rebecca’s textured vocal tones with classically influenced electronic keys and gritty atmospheric guitar, immersing listeners in the heart and depth of their evocative soundscapes.