Yes, he's been ripping up screens and stages while getting his funk on as one half of Tuxedo. We're still not exactly sure what Mayer Hawthorne's got going on as far as his solo material is concerned. So far, he's dropped two singles — "The Game" and "The Great Divide" — almost concurrently with the new Tuxedo output without any indication as to whether a full album will come about. He adds more fuel to the speculation of what's to come with the release of a video for "The Great Divide."
Unlike his last video, which paid homage to the classic '80s film The Princess Bride, Mayer Hawthorne opts for the simplest of treatments for this one. The majority of the clip is him walking through rings of LED lights that change color, casting him in multicolored hues. The other portions of the video switch to a grainy VHS feel as they show a woman sitting under the lights while being ringed in multiple colors herself. Being that this is a track about a breakup, you can pretty much glean what the symbolism is here. However, a treatment that was a bit clearer and more direct might've served the song better.
While we may not be sure about what's going on with an album, we do know where Mayer Hawthorne will be in March 2020. He's one of the artists who have been tapped to perform at next year's M3F Festival in Arizona. Taking place March 6th-March 8th, the festival also includes Snakehips, Bon Iver and more. Tickets for the event are on sale now and 100 percent of the festival's proceeds will go directly to local nonprofit organizations. Sounds like a good time for a good cause. Before you rush over there, though, stick around to watch Mayer Hawthorne's psychedelic trip in "The Great Divide."