John Mayer is back with a music video for “Last Train Home,” the latest single from his upcoming album, Sob Rock.
The track features smooth guitars and pristine synths, reminiscent of ’80s yacht rock by the likes of Bryan Adams and Toto. In fact, Mayer enlisted Toto percussionist Lenny Castro and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes on the track, while also featuring contemporary country artist Maren Morris on backing vocals.
“I’m not a fallen angel, I just fell behind / I’m out of luck and I’m out of time / If you don’t wanna love me, let me go / I’m runnin’ for the last train home,” he sings on the chorus.
The video for “Last Train Home” was similarly inspired by music videos from the ’80s, particularly the video for Guns N’ Roses’ hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” as co-director Cameron Duddy told Rolling Stone.
True to its chosen aesthetic, its video alternates between grainy Super 8 and cinematic wide shots. As he performs the track in Los Angeles’ Union Station, the video includes homages to the period as well as the aforementioned GN’R video. Mayer dons a leather jacket and plays a pink guitar, while a dog also makes a cameo, just like in “Sweet Child o’ Mine.”
“Last Train Home” will be included on Mayer’s upcoming eighth album, Sob Rock, which will be released on July 16. The record is the follow-up to 2017’s The Search for Everything and also features previous singles from 2018 and 2019: “Carry Me Away,” “I Guess I Just Feel Like,” and “New Light.”
Watch the music video for “Last Train Home” here: