As hyped as fans are for a season’s worth of anticipated releases, I’m willing to bet not half of them will stack up to Mayer Hawthorne’s Where Does This Door Go. If you listen to his buoyant brand of tunes, you know their replay value alone justifies that claim. His latest record – “Reach Out Richard” – is a dedication to his father and only warrants more of your time.
Personal as any song we’ve heard from this Los Angeles-based singer, the atypical record is equally touching as it is groovy – fueled by a Pharrell-produced instrumental which was apparently Steely Dan-influenced and couldn’t make me happier.
July 16th, people. Block out the rest of your summer.