Just last week, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak revealed that they had joined up as a new duo, Silk Sonic. Today, these two have released their first music as Silk Sonic. Fans can enjoy “Intro” and “Leave The Door Open” now, along with a music video for the latter. The whole project oozes retro soul, funk, and R&B, and we’re loving it. Both songs will appear on their upcoming album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, expected this spring.
“Intro” is only a minute long, but it packs a lot in. It opens with the duo singing in perfect harmony, with only handclaps to back them up. Soon the beat comes in, they throw in extra vocal ad-libs, and it grows into something altogether smoother and more retro. It feels like the 1970s, and “Intro” certainly sets the stage for a soulful set of R&B songs. Bootsy Collins then formally introduces “the band that [he] made.” We already can’t wait to hear the rest of this album.
“Leave The Door Open,” though, is the lead single here. The song glides in on live drums and a chirping guitar, setting the tone for a silky mid-tempo anthem. Anderson .Paak takes the lead on the verses, attempting to charm a woman for a romantic evening. Bruno interjects with his agreement, giving the song extra character. On the choruses, Bruno takes charge, crooning with hints of falsetto, further solidifying the song’s smooth vibes. Throughout, “Leave The Door Open” feels like we’ve been transported to the best of the 1970s, that perfect mix of soul and funk and R&B. While most of today’s pop acts are recreating the 1980s, it’s actually refreshing to hear something harkening back one decade further.
The accompanying music video for “Leave The Door Open” is simple but perfect. Bruno, Anderson, and four additional band members huddle together in a recording studio, joyfully playing through the song. Everything, from their outfits to the setting to the camera’s filter, screams 1970s. Silk Sonic gets an A+ for music-and-visual cohesion.
Watch the retro music video for “Leave The Door Open” below:
You can stream or buy “Leave The Door Open” from all the major music providers here. Note that you can also pre-order a collectible CD single of it.
Both “Intro” and “Leave The Door Open” will appear on Silk Sonic’s upcoming album, An Evening With Silk Sonic. We still don’t have a release date or tracklist for that, but the album is expected sometime this spring.
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Bruno’s last album, 24K Magic, came out in November 2016; he ultimately won six Grammys for it and its singles. It launched the singles “24K Magic,” “That’s What I Like,” and “Versace On The Floor,” plus a duet version of “Finesse” featuring Cardi B. In February 2019, Bruno and Cardi teamed up again for a new song called “Please Me.” The previous year, Bruno had also collaborated with Gucci Mane and Kodak Black on the single, “Wake Up In The Sky.”
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Anderson’s last album, Ventura, came out in April 2019, only five months after his previous album. Ventura launched the singles “King James” and “Make It Better” (featuring Smokey Robinson).
How much do you love “Intro” and “Leave The Door Open”? The first taste of Silk Sonic is great so far, and we can’t wait to hear the full album. Look out for more news about An Evening With Silk Sonic, due this spring. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.