Where Does This Door Go

Where Does This Door Go

by Mayer Hawthorne


Mayer Hawthorne already had three solid albums of retro-soul in his back catalog, so with album number four, it's just natural that he spreads his wings a bit. The Ann Arbor-bred, L.A.-based retro-R&B singer was quoted as saying he "truly did not give a" you-know-what during the recording of the album, and while that may prepare the listener for a guest appearance from Korn, awesome bass drops, and 20-minute psychedelic jams, Where Does This Door Go is nothing of the sort. Filled with the kind of funk that gets in the shoulders more than the rump, the album is a cool stroll from the '60s Motown Hawthorne has always adored to the fern bar/yacht rock of the '70s and on to the '80s, when Hall & Oates were Private Eyes and allowing new wave into their sound. It's a sleek and small landscape that seems heavily influenced by the Neptunes, so it's no surprise that Pharrell shows up for a handful of productions, including the almost-Aja-outtake "Wine Glass Woman," which reaches for the wit of Donald Fagen but lands on Robin Thicke ("Wore your Christian Dior/But you shatter into pieces on the floor"). That's all well and good if a breezy feeling is what's required, and as the album gives up infectious odes to friendship ("Reach Out Richard") and goofball lyrics like "I'm programmable, I can go all night" ("Robot Love"), all while doubling down on the Michael McDonald ("The Stars Are Ours" is like the bearded one jumping between his Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan gigs) it's a pure, lowercase joy.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537447954
catalogNumber: 001873802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mayer Hawthorne   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,scratching,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Rene Toledo   Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Manning   Bass
Quincy McCrary   Electric Piano
Greg Wells   Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Mellotron,Slide Guitar
Eric Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Pharrell Williams   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Piano,Vocals
Kevin Randolph   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Steve Mostyn   Synthesizer,Bass,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals
Christian Wunderlich   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimi James   Background Vocals
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Violin,Viola
Jack Splash   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Alison Bjorkedal   Harp
Matt Martinez   Trombone
Jackson Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Warren "Oak" Felder   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals
Kid Harpoon   Mellotron
Jimetta Rose   Vocals
Da Internz   Drums,Background Vocals
Sam Beaubien   Trumpet
John Hill   Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
Justin Jozwiak   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Votek   Cello
Jessie Ware   Vocals
Kendrick Lamar   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Quentin Joseph   Drums
Harlan Silverman   Electric Guitar
Fernanda Repsold   Background Vocals
Destiny Papolia   Vocals
Josh Remsberg   Vocals
Tircia Parris   Skit
Shali Sirpal   Vocals
Karl Tyler   Skit
Jeanette Boling   Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Wells   Producer,drum machine
Eric Jackson   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Programming,Producer
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Steve Mostyn   Producer
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   String Arrangements
Jack Splash   Composer,Programming,Producer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer,Programming
Kid Harpoon   Composer,Producer
Mayer Hawthorne   Programming,Producer,Art Direction,Drum Fills
Da Internz   Programming,Producer
Marcos Palacios   Composer
John Hill   Composer,Producer,drum machine
Andrew Cohen   Composer
Ernest Clark   Composer
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Ryan Gillian   Pro-Tools
Oakwud   Producer
William Curtis   Composer

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