2011 album from the singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. The Retro Soul tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded before 1980, and Mayer Hawthorne is aware of how trends come and go. On How Do You Do, Hawthorne proves that he is not part of a trend. The classic Motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, remains, but is joined on How Do You Do by music reminiscent of late 1960s California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago. On this release, the formula has been updated. The vocals are stronger, the music more varied and vibrant, but it's still Mayer Hawthorne. And the message is love.
Several weeks ago while channel surfing I came across a most extraordinary musical talent performing on the PBS series "Live From The Artists Den". The artist was Mayer Hawthorne and the tune that caught my ear was "The Walk". I thought that Mayer's vocals were extraordinary and the background musicians exceptionally gifted. I had never heard of him. I stuck around for the balance of the show and shortly thereafter decided to order his latest disc "How Do You Do". It turns out to be an amazing album. &nb … more