“For the first time in my life, believe I recorded exactly what I was feeling,” John Mayer said in a recent interview about the second wave of songs released on Friday from his new studio album, The Search For Everything. After announcing that his first solo album featuring John Mayer Trio members Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino since 2009’s Battle Studies, the 39-year-old guitarist and songwriter revealed that his 14-track album will be released in waves, arriving four songs at a time every month.
The Search For Everything: Wave Two included “Still Feel Like Your Man,” “Emoji of a Wave,” “Helpless” and “Roll It On Home,” and Mayer was keen on breaking down the concepts and creative origins behind each new song in his recent interview with Rolling Stone.
"It was the only time in my life that sadness was like a lucid dream, like, 'Oh, I'm here. I got no business trying to get out of this, because it won't work.' It was like learning to live in the wilderness," he also added about the end of his high profile relationship with fellow pop singer Katy Perry, which had a lasting effect on him that can be heard throughout this record.
While breaking down the four new songs, Mayer said about “Still Feel Like Your Man,” that this was “[his] little engine that could,” and added that the very honest and open lyric, "I still keep your shampoo in the shower, in case you want to wash your hair," was his favorite lyric on the new track.
He also broke down how “Helpless” was a musical nod to the funk, classic rock sound that almost takes older John Mayer fans back to the bluesy/funk style of rock music that is somewhat of a distant cousin to the songs from Try! and Continuum.
“Roll It On Home,” is somewhat of a retro-sounding country song that sounds like some of the tunes Mayer gave fans a taste of on his 2013 album, Paradise Valley. He revisits the slide guitar and Americana themes in a song that sounds more fitting for a truck stop diner somewhere out west, which is almost where the concept of the song came from.
"We have this bar in Livingston, Montana called The Murray Bar, and that's the room I've always pictured this playing in," he said about writing the tune themed around his home in Montana. "It's supposed to be like a worn-in pair of jeans. It reminds me of JJ Cale or Eric Clapton, and those unsung great records like Clapton's Promises, which sounds like it's performed in a reclining chair, with a cigarette burning in the headstock of the guitar."
Mayer recently extended his upcoming world tour with more dates added for this coming summer.