Mayer Hawthorne’s new album, For All Time, promises an enchanting experience full of timeless tunes that will linger in your heart and mind.
As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, Mayer Hawthorne introduces his latest body of work, For All Time. The album is an immersive experience that defies the boundaries of genre and embraces the shadows that dance at the periphery of our emotions. With a deft touch, Hawthorne dives headfirst into the depths of the human heart, exploring the complexities of love and the raw, unfiltered emotions that accompany it. It's a journey into the darker, sexier, and moodier corners of the musical spectrum, as if you're transported to a smoky, art deco jazz club, where every note, every lyric, and every heartbeat carries a deep, sensual intensity. It's a celebration of a love that burns with an enduring flame, leaving its mark on the soul.
This summer, Hawthorne unveiled "The Pool," a mesmerizing track that invites listeners on a journey toward transcendence. Written and produced entirely by the man himself, the song seamlessly blends the spirit of rebellion with the carefree essence of psychedelic adventures. It's a sonic invitation to embrace the thrill of life's unpredictable twists and turns.
Hawthorne began his journey in the heartland of Ann Arbor, Michigan, cutting his teeth in the rhythm and beats of a city pulsating with the energy of Detroit's hip-hop heyday. He has since ascended from those humble beginnings, proving that true creativity knows no bounds. It all started in 2008 when Hawthorne dropped his debut single, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," via the Stones Throw label. From that moment, his star began to rise, and it hasn't stopped since. His four LPs have been showered with accolades from some impressive places, including GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, and Rolling Stone.
The critics were not wrong in their praise, as NPR hailed his imminent stardom, and BBC Music endorsed his authentic soul. Hawthorne's musical magic struck a chord with both the critics and the fans, an undeniable cultural impact that continues to endear fans across the globe. But his appeal extends beyond just critics and fans; his peers also recognize his genius. He shared the stage with the late, great Amy Winehouse, opening for her on tour. Soon Bruno Mars, called on him not once, but twice to be his direct support. He's even traded smooth yacht rock vibes with Pharrell poolside in Miami, and John Mayer dubbed his debut the "album of the year." His music has found its way into the soundtracks of popular TV shows like Girls and Ugly Betty, and there's that memorable Spike Jonze-directed short, We Were Once A Fairytale, where his song stood as the sole non-Kanye contribution.
Hawthorne is not just a performer but a creator. He's the mastermind behind the majority of his catalog, and when he's not working on his solo material, he's diving into funky collaborations with hip-hop producer Jake One, forming the boogie funk super-group known as Tuxedo. They've already churned out three albums and embarked on multiple world tours, spreading their infectious grooves far and wide.
Following the release of his Man About Town album in 2016, Hawthorne took a bold step into the world of music production and songwriting for other artists. The list of his recent credits reads like a who's who of pop music, from Jordan Ward's "Lil Baby Crush" to "Truth Or Dare" by Chika featuring Freddie Gibbs. Yet, the crowning achievement was his contribution to Doja Cat's double platinum album, Planet Her, with the track "Options" earning him a coveted Grammy nomination. Mayer Hawthorne's journey from Ann Arbor's hip-hop scene to international acclaim has been a wonder to behold.