Mayer Hawthorne will hasn’t announced any news of a follow-up to his very good soulman debut, 2009’s A Strange Arrangement. But he wants to quell our anticipation for that project with a quick-shot EP full of covers, Impressions. It’s due out digitally later this week and features he and his band, the County, taking on cuts from Chromeo, the Isley Brothers, and ELO, among others. The latter can be heard here and “Mr. Blue Sky” was apparently recorded live in one take during a set at Belgian festival. The other covers feature similarly charming background stories, too.
Stream/download the cover below.