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Just one month after celebrating the anniversary of 2017’s The Search for Everything, John Mayer is back with a new single. Earlier this week, the singer-songwriter hinted that new music was on the way and, true to his word, Mayer dropped “New Light.”
The new single follows the 40-year-old artist’s pursuit of a seemingly uninterested woman who leaves him heartbroken, sorting out his feelings in the friend zone but looking to love again—a classic Mayer tune. Check it out below.
“New Light” was co-produced by hip-hop heavyweight No I.D. (JAY-Z, Kanye West, Vince Staples, Common) and premiered Thursday night on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.
The slick new track is a feel-good, breezy affair reminiscent of late-night 80s soul music with a steady groove and fluttering guitar riffs— Mayer’s classic indie-rock vibe in the form of a disco-lite jam. Mayer’s lyrics are smooth and cheeky as he croons on with lines like, “Take a ride up to Malibu / I just want to sit and look at you, look at you,” pleading in the chorus, “But if you give me just one night / You’re gonna see me in a new light.”
Although “New Light” has a disco-vibe that’s apparently different from his previous work, fans are continuously drawn to Mayer’s music—not because it’s catchy and he’s a master when it comes to bluesy guitar, but because he can articulate nuanced feelings in a relatable way yet doesn’t shy away from the fact that he’s got none of it figured out.
“New Light” marks Mayer’s first solo music offering since his seventh studio album The Search for Everything. However, the new single draws comparisons closer to that of Room for Squares and Continuum as Mayer trades in his acoustic, folk sound for a return to his blues roots.
The musician has spent most of the past year on the road touring with members of the Grateful Dead. While fans anxiously wait for an impending eighth album, Mayer will be heading on an extensive summer tour with Dead & Company kicking off later this month in Massachusetts.