Previously the kind of sentimental pop singer-songwriter you'd lie to your bros about not liking, even though you totally knew every word to "Daughters," John Mayer has now officially (unofficially) reached the apex of his cool, with what feels like an almost Chrissy Teigen-level approval rating. The cherry on top: his new lo-fi, Good Neighbor-esque music video for his catchy new funk-lullaby, "New Light."
According to Mayer, nobody could agree on a budget for the video, so he went to "a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos.” Stuck with the disclaimer "Premium Content!," the result is pretty much him hanging around in front of a green screen featuring a bunch of stock photos—the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, a few zebras, a random barn—singing sleepily in a purple sweatshirt and pajama pants. It's like an SNL digital short, only the song is actually a jam (I take that back—more than one digital short song has been a jam).
Despite his humble beginnings—as someone who your mom and girlfriend probably had a crush on—Mayer has, over the past decade or so, made it difficult for once-skeptical dudes like me to dislike him. He loves noragis. He's designed his own sneaker. He writes for a watch blog. He dates women most (all) men could only dream of dating. He plays lead guitar for what's basically the Grateful Dead. He's boys with Andy Cohen. Plus, he always looks like he just got out of bed--but, like, with your girlfriend. And unlike the John Mayer of yesteryear, he doesn't appear to be taking himself too seriously. His new single is a pop song. It's just fun. And he knows it. This is peak John Mayer. Let him be a beacon of joy in what other outstanding music videos have shown to be a dark, dark time.