John Mayer drops sorrowful new single, “I Guess I Just Feel Like”

    The singer gets contemplative on his latest track.

    John Mayer performs onstage at Rock in Rio
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    John Mayer’s “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” a song he first premiered last October during a live performance, has finally gotten an official studio release.

    The bluesy track opens with gentle guitar strumming before a dejected Mayer enters, crooning about “a world that’s gone mad.” “I guess I just feel like / Nobody’s honest/ Nobody’s true / Everyone’s lying,” he sings. Mayer then closes out the song with a gorgeous guitar solo.

    In an Instagram post, Mayer explained that the song was a result of writer’s block. “I spent August and September of last year looking for new songs and couldn’t find them. I was thinking with my ultra-aesthetic brain, trying to write the tune I thought would be cool to have via sequencers, plug-ins and effects. […] Then one day in October I decided I’d had just about enough of myself, and that’s always when the good stuff starts.”

     

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    #tbt I spent August and September of last year looking for new songs and couldn’t find them. I was thinking with my ultra-aesthetic brain, trying to write the tune I thought would be cool to have via sequencers, plugins and effects. (That process has worked barely enough times to still make it justifiable.) Then one day in October I decided I’d had just about enough of myself, and that’s always when the good stuff starts. I got two inexpensive microphones, a 1” tape machine and took out my Martin D-45 guitar. “I’m just going to do what I do,” I remember thinking. And then it all clicked again. I wrote most of “I Guess I Just Feel Like” in an hour. It’s great luck that my friend @daniel happened to stop by to take some photos the day this song was written. The moral of the story? Honesty is the best technology. I can’t wait for you to hear it tonight.

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    There’s no official word yet if “I Guess I Just Feel Like” will appear on a longer project, alongside his previously released single, “New Light.” But in the meantime, listen to his new song below: