John Mayer has spoken after almost three years of silence. The singer/songwriter has released his first wave of songs from his new, forthcoming album in The Search for Everything Wave One, late Thursday night with hardly any publicity. The EP includes the lead single “Love on the Weekend” and three other songs.
In an interview with Rolling Stone he said his idea behind it all was, “If you don’t like these, don’t get the next four. But if I’ve engendered some kind of trust that you think I’m onto something, get the next four, and come along with me on every single wave.”.
The first song is “Moving On and Getting Over” which was one of the first songs that Mayer wrote for the album. It’s got a nice R&B sound with a smooth groove and an ensemble of guitars. It has an unexpected chorus with a very definitive line, “I still can’t seem to get you off my mind.”. Mayer makes sure to make a full pause after each word. The jam session at the end came from touring with Dead & Company and learning all of their songs, his happiness shines through. The song is upbeat and happy, and a sure way to get you over any breakup.
Next is “Changing”. This is essentially the spiritual centerpiece of the album. The chorus chants “I am not done changing, out on the run changing, I may be old and I may be young, but I am not done changing”. Mayer has never sounded so at peace, this song is him coming to terms with all of this life’s complexities and not letting them stop him.
Then comes the lead single off the EP, “Love on the Weekend”. This song really brings you back to his old sound. Mayer said, “writing ‘Love on the Weekend’ was the experience of all the best songs I’ve ever written.”. It’s upbeat and sunny and full of all the butterflies you feel at the beginning of a relationship.
Last but certainly not least is, “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me”. Interestingly enough what you hear is the original take. Mayer said he couldn’t sing the vocals again if he tried. It’s deep and introspective to the point that he has trouble listening back as it is a full reflection of himself. The piano is beautiful and the lyrics are very revealing.
The whole EP is everything that John Mayer fans can expect. In the words of Mayer, “These songs represent literally hundreds of hours of living inside these little worlds”. Listen below.