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Mayer Hawthorne has done something most artists only dream of: accidentally rising to stardom. Mayer Hawthorne, whose real name is Andrew Mayer Cohen, has been making music his entire life, but did not plan for his solo career to take off like it has. His new album, out July 16 and named ‘Where Does This Door Go,’ is already getting a lot of attention as one of the best albums of the year.
According to his bio on iTunes, Cohen “started recording soul-seeped material as something as a joke, but didn’t plan to have it reach beyond his circle of friends and family.” There is nothing that can be taken lightly when it comes to this album. Cohen’s exceptional skills are highlighted throughout the entire album.
‘Where Does This Door Go’ introduces a new take on R&B and Soul that makes you both wanting to dance and lay back. The sound is a compilation of many different musicians and eras, yet completely different from anything else. After spending a few years touring with some of the biggest contemporary names, such as Bruno Mars and Foster the People, he still holds a unique take on music.
Cohen is not just touring with huge names, he is also recording with them. ‘Where Does This Door Go’ includes producers such as Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), providing great variety. Not too shabby for a guy who didn’t even want to make his own music.
The album is full of fun, sophisticated and complex songs. Between his voice and the great instrumental compositions, there is something soothing and yet a part of you wants to describe it as groovy.
Cohen has already released variations and remixes of his hit song for free. He is embracing the more open and reachable approach to his fans rather than charging them for every song. It is great to see musicians realize how much music needs to be attainable by the entire audience.
If his title has anything to do with a general question of Cohen’s life, when answering ‘Where Does this Door Go,’ it is safe to say that this door is going to lead him to great depths of success and attention. The album’s length just proves his dedication and talent. There are 15 song, with five bonus tracks. In a time where most musicians put out albums with half of that, this album is refreshing.
Mayer Hawthorne is currently touring the U.S. and will continue to do so through the summer. If he is in a city near you, make sure to catch him now before the summer is over – it is a must-see of 2013.
Toonari Post’s favorite songs on the album? “Her Favorite Song,” “The Stars are Ours,” and Bonus Track “Small Clone.” “Her Favorite Song” is the first single off of the album, being a great choice with the catchy lyrics and beat. The video is also great, especially for those who love puppy videos. “The Stars are Ours” makes you want to dance with the nearest person. It is a song with fun lyrics that you will sure to repeat. And finally, the bonus track “Small Clone” is the top favorite with a sound that takes you back to the beginning of Motown. Do not miss out on these three great songs, let alone the entire rest of the album.
Mayer Hawthorne will inspire you to relive R&B’s past, and bring the anticipation to what else he’s able to do.
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