John Mayer has spent the past few summers playing long, rambling versions of Grateful Dead jams with Dead and Company, but from the looks of it he’s gearing up to get back to the pop game. The singer posted a studio pic on Sunday night (Aug. 25) with an intriguing caption suggesting that whatever is next will be concise and have a tempo way above the Dead’s typical lackadaisical pace.
Staring at the camera from behind a mixing desk, the caption to the snap reads, “120 bpm, 2:40, 9/619.” And while he didn’t provide any additional details, the caption caught the eye of several A-list pals, including Ryan Tedder and Diplo, who both teased that it might represent a new direction for the singer/guitarist.
“Let the JM Disco era begin,” wrote Tedder, with Diplo adding, “2:40 is a bit long these days isn’t it.”
Also weight in were Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas (“Nobody gives a shit if the song isn’t good”) and producer Benny Blanco, who added, “I’m not a numbers guy but like to go about 330bpm.”
A spokesperson for Mayer could not be reached for additional comment at press time, but if the post hints at a new single, it will be the first new music from Mayer since last summer’s surprise No I.D. produced self-proclaimed “summer bop” single, “New Light” and February’s country-tinged “Guess I Just Feel Like.”
Check out the post below.