The Search for Everything : Wave One
The Search for Everything: Wave One, was released January 20, 2017. The EP contains the first four tracks from John Mayer’s seventh studio album, which will be released four songs at a time. The title sounds like it should be embossed on a book that’s so big that two people have to carry it. It’s been a few years since Mayer’s 2013 Americana/country album, Paradise Valley, and this new EP is a well-rounded mix-tape of pop, blues, and funk.
Mayer began writing “Moving On and Getting Over” in the spring of 2014. I’m always really excited to listen to songs that have taken a while to simmer. This song grooves, and it’s my favorite song on the album. There’s a rhythm guitar track and a quiet noodle track that mesh. A recurring rhythmic break add a nice hook. The bass and drums are locked tight, and the drums eventually break into the slow two-handed sixteenth note disco groove near the end of the song. The lyrics are about a place we have all been-moving on after an intense relationship. It’s wistful, but upbeat. I have listened to this song so many times.
The song’s groove, Mayer says, resulted from “a mistake in this little groovebox we found, where we loaded the track in backwards, and that’s what gives it this upbeat, constantly-refreshing rhythmic thing.”- Interview by Jenny Eliscu. Rolling Stone Magazine.
Next up is “Changing.” It begins as a lovely piano ballad. Mayer wrote the song in one night, and recorded the vocals in one take. Mayer adds some country style with guitar bends, lilting drums, and strumming acoustics. Then he throws in a very bluesy guitar solo, channeling his David Gilmore around 2:05. That makes the whole song for me.
“Love on the Weekend” has a big reverb guitar sound and a very calm, relaxing feel to the vocals. I really love the way Mayer will experiment with guitar effects and sounds. It’s what keeps his music fresh. This song is ear candy.
Mayer says, “Living in California, there is this sense that every Friday, people disappear. I think I’m in love with the notion of the getaway.” – iHeart Radio Interview.
John Mayer is a good whistler. “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me” is a Beatlesque tune. Another piano ballad with a strong melody, and strings. I can relate to “Parts of me were made by you,” as I feel that every person has an impact on the person that you become in life. All the experiences. Cerebral lyrics and music. Ah, feels good. Can’t wait for the next wave!