At the 63rd presentation of the Grammys, Silk Sonic - a newly founded, neo-soul, R&B funk group composed of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak - lit up the stage with their debut performance of “Leave the Door Open”. A smooth, sensual take on 1970s Funk, “Leave the Door Open” captures the essence of black love in an expressingly braggadocious, yet thoughtful fashion. The harmonies are reminiscent of the Isley Brothers - low, soft background vocals floating atop simple drum progressions matched with tenderly soaked tenor vocals. More than paying homage to Black music during the 1970s, “Leave the Door Open” paves the way for artists searching for ways to incorporate Motown and Funk into their discography. Silk Sonic’s Sankofarration ( “It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.”) of 1970s music and style is not - unfortunately - unique. Modern trends have been moving backwards - best said by Virgl Abloh, “I think that like we’re gonna hit this like, really awesome state of expressing your knowledge and personal style with vintage – there are so many clothes that are cool that are in vintage shops and it’s just about wearing them.” Digging deep into the closet, Bruno and Anderson have found exactly what they’ve been looking for: a sound and style situated in the 1970s yet unquestionably modern and absolutely themselves. With “Leave the Door Open”, Silk Sonic has begun its contribution to this “vintage” trend. With the release of Silk Sonic’s debut album just over the horizon, one can only wonder: can this get any better?
Use the fields below to perform an advanced search of The Blackprint's archives. This will return articles, images, and multimedia relevant to your query.