In my quest for new music, I stumbled across an artist that is relatively new to me. Mac Ayres is a singer, musician and producer from New York. I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing the 11-track album entitled Something to Feel. I will be totally honest. The first thing that came to mind when I heard his voice was, is this a protégé of Robin Thicke. And no it is not because of his race. Well maybe but he has a sweet falsetto that he relies on for the majority of the album. He also shows off his guitar chops as well.
If there is one word I could use to describe the album it would be smooth. Every tracks is soothing, and laid back. Upbeat songs are scare to say the least. Most of the songs are mid to slow tempo. With that being said, this is not something you would be banging as you leave work on a Friday afternoon in celebration of the weekend nor will you blast this as you’re getting ready for the club on a Saturday night. Play Mac on a Wednesday after you have been in unnecessary meetings that could have been better suited as an emails. Pour up a glass of your favorite wine, and don’t forget to have one of your 3-wick candles from Bath and Body Works flickering in the background and let Mac touch your spirit. Something to Feel with help you woosah and prepare your mind for the remainder of the week.
It is evident that Mac is heavily influenced by R&B and soul singers like Stevie Wonder, Usher, Justin Timberlake, D’Angelo, John Legend and Maxwell.
Feel free to take a listen to Mac Ayers. You won’t be disappointed. He didn’t make me want to holler out or throw something at my speaker but he is a solid vocalist and musician. One more thing, I would encourage you to be in the right head space when listening to the album. If you are not, you may easily discredit or disregard his body of work. He didn’t do a bunch of vocal acrobatics. For those who don’t know what vocal acrobatics are, in my opinion, its unnecessary runs and riffs. The album is not convoluted with a bunch of fluff. I raise my red party cup in appreciation for the simplicity Mac displays.
Standout tracks that may garner a repeat listen are Waiting, Roses, Stay, and the title track Something to Feel.