“…Day exudes charm, class and coolness in a way I thought was lost on this present generation of navel gazers. Give this chap an ear!”
“The Mystery of You reflects a period of uncertainty in [Spencer Day’s] life that was decorated by the contrast of darkness and flashes of light. In this new work he has chosen to recognize every facet of his being, and although he is clearly a proud gay man and active civil rights figure, he refuses to be solely defined by his sexuality.The Mystery of You marks Spencer’s fourth studio release since 2004, and he admits to being inspired by the sixties sounds of Roy Orbison.”
Outword Magazine (Sacramento)
“Singer/songwriter Spencer Day’s third album, The Mystery of You, is similar to his previously released albums in that the eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and cinematic themes is on display, but the overall tone is much darker. Calling this a concept album wouldn’t be too far-fetched, as Day examines three years of his life involving a broken relationship and the extremes of love and loss. Thankfully for the listener, this isn't just a program of nothing but doom and gloom. One of Day’s strong points as a songwriter is his avoidance of completely wallowing in heartbreak throughout. He examines the subject with similar stylistic flair as his heroes: Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, and Paul Simon. Musically, Day fluently shifts between soul, Latin jazz, the scores of Ennio Morricone, early-’60s pop, and film noir soundtracks. The release of this album confirms Spencer Day isn’t afraid to examine his surroundings, for better or worse, and will not simply rest on his laurels.”
“Veering into what he calls a ‘darker territory’ than fans might expect on his first LP in three years, Day elicits his prodigious talents to examine love and loss in all of its crippling vicissitude. Yet the legion of supporters who’ve followed the handsome rising star for nearly a decade now need not worry, The Mystery Of You still enlists the up tempo jazz-pop sound and cinematic spirit that have made Spencer Day so successful.”
Brave New Hollywood
“From Sinatra to Michael Bublé, the image of the ‘crooner’ is one of suited guys in smoky rooms, plumbing the depths of pre-rock standards in an effortless baritone, accessible yet with a hint of danger. Spencer Day—his fourth album, The Mystery of You, will be released on March 12—is both part of that elegant club and a man apart. He can beautifully essay a tune from the Great American Songbook, his voice a gorgeous blend of Chet Baker insouciance and Sinatra swing, yet he’s also an anomaly. He writes his own songs and is—listen up, boys—openly gay.