Just for kicks, Mayer Hawthorne has delivered Impressions: The Covers EP for the listening public. Free as the air we breathe, the EP features his unique spin on cuts from Chromeo, The Isley Brothers and Electric Light Orchestra and others.
As an added bonus, Mayer also took the time to break down the stories behind each of the songs. On this EP, you’ll find a tribute to an obscure artist, with Poppa Hawthorne himself sitting in on steel guitar. There’s a cover made to improve the sound quality on a late-Sixties refugee from the dusty crates. One track was made to realize an arrangement only heard in the man’s head, birthed full-borne and ready to be put out into the world. These are not perfunctory covers of Top 40 hits to appease the mainstream or to draw in a crossover audience. These are the works of someone who finds joy in music and wants to share it with the world.
Get the EP below and read MH’s track-by-track breakdown over at Stones Throw.
Isley Brothers – “Work To Do”
Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On”
The Festivals – “You Got The Makings Of A Lover”
Steve Salazar – “Fantasy Girl”
Jon Brion – “Little Person”
Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr Blue Sky”