Office

The grind of the working world has consumed the artwork of Scott Mason. He has built sculptures out of discarded office supplies and adopted the word Office as his singer/songwriter namesake.

The grind of the working world has consumed the artwork of Scott Mason. He has built sculptures out of discarded office supplies and adopted the word Office as his singer/songwriter namesake. "It's a very boring word," Mason says, "but also an exciting, important and relevant word to a lot of different people."

Mason has completed three albums as Office, which recently became a quartet. Office's first album as a four-piece, "Q+A," is a blast of electro-pop perfection. With a Phil Spector-meets-Kraftwerk approach to production, the 12 tracks of "Q+A" effortlessly provide a snapshot of the cubicle bounds' daydreams and anxieties.

"There's a very cosmopolitan sort of vibe to [the album]," Mason says. "I have this dream of people listening to this in their office while they work." Those in Chicago can see the band every Monday in May at Schubas. Those stuck at a desk can sample the act at reachoffice.com.