The piano purrs with passion. The drums swaggeringly click into place whilst their percussive volley with the bassline forms the most fetching of rhythms. There’s no virtuosity, no augmented sonic depth. There’s just an all-natural harmony that Hughie Mac and his backing band are striking up in his new single, “Let’s Get Away,” which has been bringing a lot of attention to this critical darling in the past few months. “Let’s Get Away” is a variation of a Sinatra standard, but other than its compositional bones, there’s nothing in Hughie Mac’s version of the track to tether it to the original. Mac colorizes a black and white portrait of relaxation with his signature serenading style, and even if you’ve heard his music before now, there’s something uniquely special about this most recent release that, in my opinion, makes the most out of his mammoth talent like no other studio recording he’s cut thus far has. If you’ve been waiting for some solid vocal pop to debut this year, you needn’t search any further than the tracklist of Mac’s latest album, Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs, Pt. 3 (released in 2018) and moreover, its star single.
“Let’s Get Away” has a tense start that pushes all of the instrumental faceting in the song to the very forefront of the mix, and though I would have made Mac’s vocal track a little more prominent at the onset of the first stanza, it makes some sense why producers would ultimately decide to go with this sound instead. I suppose that if the goal here was to split our attention between Mac’s execution and the fluidity of the resulting harmony, they couldn’t have done a much better job of arranging the different components on the instrumental side of this composition than they did. There’s nothing about this single that comes across as thrown-together, inefficient or ineffectually orchestrated; if anything, this is one of the more well-rounded and carefully thought-out projects I’ve reviewed from an artist of Mac’s caliber in some time. He’s not playing like an amateur or a cover artist in “Let’s Get Away” – contrarily, he’s sounding like more of a seasoned pro than he ever has before.
Whether it’s his loveable lyrical emissions or the intriguing way that he adapts some of the most iconic standards in the history of all pop music, there’s no stopping the awesomeness that Hughie Mac brings with him to the studio every time he makes a new record, or in this case, a sophisticated single. His work is always an easy-listen, but it’s worth pointing out that of everything he’s attached in name to in the last few years, there’s yet to be a release bearing his moniker that lacked the sort of attention to intricate detail that is synonymous with the most elite singers of our time. There’s no slowing this guy down, and from the looks of his new output, he’s planning on going strong for as long as the game can handle a player with his immense skillset. Few can compete with Mr. Hughie Mac, and he proves that beyond a reasonable doubt in the absolutely spellbinding “Let’s Get Away.”