Below, listen to the first official single, “Her Favorite Song,” from Mayer Hawthorne’s forthcoming album, Where Does This Door Go, out July 16. He’s playing Musikfest on Saturday, August 3rd. Go here for the complete lineup to Musikfest and to purchase tickets.
Retro pop / soul artist Mayer Hawthorne will take his music in a new direction on Where Does the Door Go, claiming “I decided that I would want to make an entire album of songs that I would play on my yacht, when I was cruising on the yacht on the water.” The new album follows up 2011′s How Do You Do and the yacht-rock sensibilities were clear on the smoothly operated first taste of the album “Designer Drug,” a free download that the Michigan native released earlier this month. With a record release date set for July 16th Hawthorne will set out on tour with One Republic this summer, stopping at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on June 3rd. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch a preview for the album below featuring a series of cinematic door-opening scenes.
Mayer Hawthorne has returned with a new song, “Designer Drug” that you can download below for free. It’s a song that may very well be on his next new album, out this coming summer. Hawthorne (pictured above at this year’s SXSW with a beard and a hot red sport jacket) recently told Gary Graff of Billboard.com this his new album is “definitely different, way different from its two predecessors.” If this song is an indication of a the kind of difference Hawthorne’s talking about, then we’re looking forward to hearing even more.
The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Mayer Hawthorne is headlining, and Cheers Elephant are opening University of Pennsylvania’s annual Fall SPEC (Social Planning and Events Committee) concert at Harrison Auditorium on Thursday, October 11th. Tickets $10 and will be sold to University of Penn students starting next Monday, September 24th at 10 a.m. Go here for more information.
We know that Mayer Hawthorne loves those old soul and R&B jams. Below, he covers the classic Isley Brothers’ song “Work To Do,” also made popular by the Average White Band. Hawthorne is currently on tour and on his Facebook photo page here he’s been having himself photographed in front of the audiences from his shows. The above photo is from a recent show in Eugene, Oregon. Below, download Mayer’s cover of the song. About the song, Hawthorne writes:
This one features my live band, The County: Quentin Joseph on drums, Topher Mohr on guitar, Quincy McCrary on piano, and Joe Abrams on bass. It was recorded live in a radio station studio somewhere during our Winter 2010 US tour. The tapes recently surfaced, but nobody can remember exactly where we were. The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that’s the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say “hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!”