Ann Arbor’s resident shape-shifting soul man, Grammy nominated MAYER HAWTHORNE, releases his fourth studio LP, ‘Man About Town,’ via BMG’s Rights imprint on April 8th. The album follows in the wake of the 37-year-old Michigan musician’s ’80s funk project with collaborator, Jake One, called ‘Tuxedo,’ which was released last year.
‘Man About Town’ contains ten new tracks with Hawthorne playing all the instruments. It features the catchy current single, ‘Cosmic Love’ – released as an album taster earlier this year – which is a soulful retro-groove with shimmering keys and churning rhythm guitar whose falsetto vocals recalls Curtis Mayfield. Other standouts include ‘Love Like That’ – scheduled as the next single and released on the same day as the album – plus the infectious beat ballad ‘Breakfast In Bed,’ the sleek and sensuous horn-laced groove ‘Lingerie & Candlewax’ which boasts an insistent earworm of a chorus and the laidback reggae-infused ‘Fancy Clothes.’
Look out for a full review soon at SJF.
See the video to ‘Cosmic Love’ here: https://youtu.be/EQTpOkmL8Wk