I was reading Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and came across the line “As I watch the stars shining, I think a thought of the clef of the universes, and of the future.” I think Whitman was referring to finding the key to unlock the secrets of the universe, but I liked the idea of of the word “clef” in the musical sense and imagined the stars hanging as notes on a musical staff. That gave me the first line of Keep It Coming and the rest came pretty quickly. I liked the idea that the only thing keeping us from this mystical, musical romance were our own worries and if we’d just stop thinking so much we could get lost in the magic.
“Keep It Coming” is the third track from Topher’s soon to be released sophomore album Phlowers. Due out June 16th on DTI music, Phlowers really puts Topher’s artistic diversity on full displays as it spans 70’s era funk, modern indie, reggae and classic acoustic singer/songwriter stylistically. As eclectic as the various influences you hear on the record are, Topher’s attention to details as a songwriter, as well as, the vintage warmth and soul of his voice tie the record together as a singular release. You can preorder the record now on iTunes.
Mohr, a native of Ann Arbor Michigan, grew up absorbing the diversity and culture of the university town, as well as, the rich musical history of nearby Detroit. In 2001, Topher moved to New York City to tour with the band Custom in support of their “Fast” album that peaked at number two on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. It was this time in NYC where Topher began writing and recording his own music. Since then he has toured as a member of both Mayer Hawthorne’s and the Wu-Tang affiliated Brooklyn Zu’s bands and worked with the likes of Imani Coppola, Black Market Radio and Alice Smith. Armed with years of world traveling and musical collaborations, Topher is prepared to release his sophomore LP “Phlowers” this June. Stay tuned for more information and tour dates as we approach the release!