Mayer Hawthorne, aka Andrew Mayer Cohen, is releasing his six-track Impressions covers EP online this week. It includes takes on songs by Jon Brion, The Isley Brothers, and Chromeo. All the songs have stories around their selection, whether about how they were recorded (Cohen’s dad plays on one track) or how he discovered the original (through record store hunts, friends, or label head Peanut Butter Wolf). He recorded this cover of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” “… live, in one take, in a tiny makeshift tent, at a festival in Dour, Belgium” with his band, The County. Listen/download below:
Mayer Hawthorne – “Mr Blue Sky” (ELO Cover)
Impressions is out this week. Watch Mayer Hawthorne’s Twitter account for a link.