Mac Ayres is single-handedly contributing to overpopulation. He graced late-night playlists in 2017 with his Drive Slow album, and has since hit the live performance realm hard. His minimalist sound allows audiences to indulge in decadent instrumentation and treat themselves to his feathery falsetto vocals.
His music doesn’t show off, boast or brag, but rather invites whoever is around into its humble excellency. Featuring tracks with Braxton Cook, Jack Dine, Jordan Robertson, Chris Anderson and Zach Berro, Ayres’ new album Something to Feel is a steamy R&B concoction. And quite frankly, it blows Netflix and Chill out of the water in the romance department. We listened through and identified five specific times Mac Ayres proved himself to be baby-making royalty.
1. The Background Vocals on “Roses”
Ayres nails quintessential layered call-and-response background vocals, a staple in any decent R&B anthem. The rhythmic urgency of the vocals heats things up, providing an unexpected contrast to the silky smooth verse.
2. His Use of Voicemail Samples
Don’t do this to us Mac. “Soon” is an interlude featuring a scratchy voicemail of a female voice, letting the listener know that her flight just landed. “Pickled Ginger,” includes a sample of the Out of Service tone we all know and hate. Something about the frustration of a missed call and the accompanying out-of-reach feeling makes things that much steamier.
3. The Playful Phrasing in “Get to You Again”
This one starts out as embers, leaving the listener on the edge of their seat as it slowly ignites into an full-fledged inferno. Ayers phrases the verses with patience, his vocals always coming in as the backing instruments settle down enough to give them space. His line of thought drips from line to line, not giving away too much all at once. He sings,
“I spent the whole night driving home
just wishing you would call
and tell me to turn around around
like I ain’t done with what I started babe.”
4. The Unbelievable Riff in “Stay”
The final track on the album, “Stay” is heavy-handed with bass and could carve out a river with its groove. At the two minute mark of the song, Ayres busts into a riff that stops time. The preceding falsetto siren call combined with the following waterfall of chest riff is simply a hazard.
5. His Overall Indulgence
Mac Ayres is the master of spacing out satisfying moments in his music. They come in different forms, perhaps a masterful riff or a nasty guitar lick, but Something to Feel is absolutely packed with decadence. The lush quality of the sound inevitably results in a “treat yo self” mentality, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
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