Man About Town Mayer Hawthorne

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Label: LAB 344

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: Mayer Hawthorne

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  • 1Man About Town00:42
  • 2Cosmic Love03:14
  • 3Book of Broken Hearts03:32
  • 4Breakfast in Bed04:07
  • 5Lingerie & Candlewax03:38
  • 6Fancy Clothes04:06
  • 7The Valley03:32
  • 8Love Like That04:06
  • 9Get You Back03:36
  • 10Out of Pocket03:23
  • Total Runtime33:56

Info for Man About Town

Man About Town is the fourth full-length record from Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne. On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music.

„Ladies and gentlemen, America's leading nerdy love man is back! Mayer Hawthorne established himself as a modern master of '60s- and '70s-style R&B on his first two albums, 2009's A Strange Arrangement and 2011's How Do You Do. If 2013's Where Does This Door Go was a bit less exciting than his breakout works, 2016's Man About Town shows Hawthorne's got most of his old mojo back. As on Where Does This Door Go, Hawthorne has folded some '70s soft rock into his formula ("Fancy Clothes" and "The Valley" could pass for Steely Dan in dim light). But the ingredients are better integrated here, and Man About Town has a welcome sense of glamour and groove throughout. "Cosmic Love" and "Breakfast in Bed" are memorable slow jams suitable for your next make-out mix. "Lingerie and Candlewax" is highly recommended if you want to move that party to the next level, and "Get You Back" is a glorious brokenhearted plea to the one who got away. As always, Hawthorne impresses as a vocalist and as a songwriter, evoking the sound and style of the past while giving the music a sleek, up-to-date mindset. While he handles most of the production and instrumental chores himself, when he does bring in collaborators they give the tracks an emphatic and very human swing. Like raw silk, Man About Town is smooth but it has texture, and that makes it feel all the more satisfying. Mayer Hawthorne is a bit too far along in his career to surprise us with his work, and Man About Town doesn't boast much in the way of radical steps forward. But it confirms the man is still very good at what he does. From front to back, Man About Town is a real pleasure, and it's pretty hard to get too much of that.“ (Mark Deming, AMG)

Mayer Hawthorne, bass, guitar, piano, synthesizer, marimba, vibraphone, background vocals, percussion
Joe Abramson, bass
Hubert Alexander, fender rhodes, keyboards
Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Sam Beaubien, trumpet
Benny Sings, organ, pianette
Ben Bortelt, viola
Lola Delon, background vocals
Rhea Fowler, violin
Gerald Glecer, electric guitar
Jimi James, saxophone, background vocals
Quentin Joseph, drums
Justin Jozwick, saxophone
Matt Martinez, trombone

Mayer Hawthorne
has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now he says, “Life is great.” He’s released three well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and the late Amy Winehouse. His latest, Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic), features production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributes the smooth and powerful single “Her Favorite Song.” Mayer grew up just outside of Detroit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and remembers, as a child, driving through the Motor City with his father and tuning the car radio I n to the region’s rich musical tapestry. He has produced music and played multiple instruments for much of his life and uses skills honed as a club DJ to create his own original dance floor fillers. Throughout the years he’s cited Soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as inspiration, along with late hip-hop producer J Dilla. But comfortably relocated in Los Angeles, the hat he now wears is that of a yachtsman in the mold of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. The old influences remain—the creative vision of Dilla, the urban elegance of Mayfield and White—but today’s Hawthorne is a smiling sophisticate. Some have described the vibe of Where Does This Door Go as “Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys,” which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach. “The only rule I had when I went in to make this album was that it had to be fun,” he says. In the last five years, Mayer has grown as a singer, songwriter and in his desire for collaboration. Working with touring partners like Winehouse and Badu bolstered his vocal chops by teaching him how to use his voice as an instrument. Lyrically, he’s moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content, and he’s relaxed his DIY ethos of crafting every song from start to finish. Now, he’s motivated to create soul music that can win—win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts. With Where Does This Door Go, Mayer is back to his soul foundation and hip-hop roots, and is making the most enjoyable and youthful music of his career. “This record for me is really about a journey into the unknown,” he says. “As a musician, you’re only as good as your next record, and you never know what’s through that next door.”

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