Today, John Mayer has released a new studio single, “I Guess I Just Feel Like”, his first official release since his 2018 hit, “New Light“.
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The heartfelt new tune was initially debuted live by Mayer during an intimate solo show in Los Angeles. As On Air with Ryan Seacrest noted after the song’s October debut, Mayer mused about the differences between the new song and his most recent single release, “New Light“, which was certified as a hit record. “I am hugely indecisive and I am constantly getting my inspiration replaced … so I put out ‘New Light’ and I’m like ‘I’m gonna do a whole record like ‘New Light’ … and then I [change my mind]. … I think I’m doing songs instead of records. … I think I like to put songs out like movies, but a little faster than movies.”
“There’s nothing hit-like about it,” Mayer said jokingly about the new tune, “But sometimes you just need to tell the truth with just a guitar.”
“I Guess I Just Feel Like” starts out as a John Prine-like lament as Mayer sings pensively over simple acoustic strumming. The tune grows in scope from there, ending with a typically excellent electric solo from the decorated guitarist. While this may not be like his other recent work—and may not be “hit-like,” as Mayer noted—it’s undoubtedly a beautifully-constructed piece of vulnerable, sincere music that any of Mayer’s various groups of fans can appreciate. Give it a listen below:
John Mayer – “I Guess I Just Feel Like”