The duo details the creation and release of their upcoming album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, in a new interview.
With two hit singles in rotation, Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak have the world patiently waiting for their full-length debut as Silk Sonic. But it appears we’ll be in a holding pattern for a bit longer.
According to a new interview, the duo is in no rush to release their collaborative album, An Evening with Silk Sonic. “We’re really in touch-up mode now,” Mars tells Rolling Stone in a joint chat with .Paak. “We’ve got the bones of most of the album, so it’s really about touching up parts that need a little more… Grease,” Mars adds before revealing that more singles will arrive ahead of the album’s release, which is now slated for some time in January of 2022.
Elsewhere in the interview, the group discusses why they’re taking their time with both the album’s creation and its unveiling. “I’ve never realized till this album how much the right guitar pick matters. The right gauged strings. All this science kinda stuff,” Mars notes of the gear requirements for tapping into an analog era of music production. .Paak, on the other hand, stresses the importance of pivoting their approach in performing the music they’ve written together. “Those players back then were playing with such patience,” the Oxnard drummer and singer muses. “The music we grew up with is heavy drums, bass smacking, so we got all the instruments but were still like, ‘Why doesn’t it sound right?’ Because we were fucking bashing!”
Released at the top of the year, “Leave The Door Open,” was an instant smash, earning .Paak his first No. 1 record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. A callback to the roller disco craze of the ’70s, the follow-up, “Skate,” dropped just last month.
Revisit the first two Silk Sonic singles below and head over to Rolling Stone to read the full interview with Mars and .Paak. Hold tight for updates on their upcoming album, An Evening with Silk Sonic, in the weeks and months ahead.