Last month John Mayer released Wave One from his new album The Search For Everything, essentially the first four songs of the album. And today Mayer released the next four, Wave Two, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop all day. These four songs build on the brilliance of the first four and contain so many different vibes, tones and genres it’s unreal.
Still Feel Like Your Man is the first song from Wave Two which opens with piano alongside some Mayer harmonies before everything kicks off, led with a beautiful guitar/bass riff. It’s a beautifully put together song and the production is absolutely exquisite. There’s a slight muffle to the drum sound and paired with a deep and warm bass tone, it’s a superb track. Emoji Of A Wave is the second song which is probably my least favourite but it’s by no means bad. During the verse it’s just Mayer with an acoustic guitar and then everything picks up brilliantly with more instruments in the chorus with numerous sounds and tones being introduced to the song. The atmosphere in this song is really well put together.
- Still Feel Like Your Man
- Emoji Of A Wave
- Roll It On Home
Helpless is probably my favourite track from Wave Two and it’s a song that Mayer debuted in a short teaser clip on Facebook in early January. The track is absolutely sublime from start to finish with a funky bass line and drums to die for. The funk tones that run through Helpless make this one of the most catchy songs of Mayer’s entire music catalogue and one of his finest ever songs. The guitar solo that ends the song really hits the spot as well and you can hear one or two lines from Mayer’s Facebook video that made the final take. The song has a very retro feel to it and you instantly know it could have been released in the late 70’s as a funky disco tune. It’s exceptional on every level. The final song is Roll It On Home which sees a return to his Born And Raised and Paradise Valley country style albums. It’s a nice change of direction and while it has country tones it also has rock and pop influences. Additionally the drums have a very obvious J.J. Cale feel to them as do the backing vocals which Mayer performs himself. Whether that was intentional or not I don’t know but it’s a very nice touch.
Wave Two adds to the magnificence already found on Wave One and cements this album as one of Mayer’s best to date. And I say that even after only two waves have been released, with more planned over the next few months. The album was recorded over various periods of time since 2014 in between his Dead & Company tour duties and you feel his presence on that project has injected a huge amount of inspiration into his solo work. I look forward to Wave Three.