On Wednesday, April 5, John Mayer premiered a new video for his song “Still Feel Like Your Man,” the second single from his upcoming album “The Search for Everything,” which will be released on April 14. Watch the video above.
Mayer discussed production for the video with the New York Times in March. The song reminded him of “ancient Japanese R&B,” which “isn’t a thing,” but the video nevertheless follows through on that “disco dojo” theme. But might it cause offense for cultural appropriation for heavily borrowing Asian imagery? “I think we were as sensitive as we possibly could be … It’s an idea for the video that has very multiethnic casting, and nobody who is white or non-Asian is playing an Asian person.”
The 39-year-old singer-songwriter has often landed in the tabloids for his relationships with stars like Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, the last of whom inspired this upbeat breakup song, in which he sings, “I still keep your shampoo in my shower in case you wanna wash your hair … ‘Cause as long as it is there I still feel like your man.”
“The Search for Everything” is Mayer’s seventh studio album and his first since 2013 when he released “Paradise Valley.” He has won seven Grammys, including Song of the Year for “Daughters” (2005) and Best Male Pop Vocal for “Your Body is a Wonderland” (2003), “Daughters,” “Waiting on the World to Change” (2007) and “Say” (2009). He also earned a nomination for Album of the Year for his third album “Continuum” (2007).
What do you think of the song and video? Does it cross a line in its depiction of Asian culture? Or do you agree with Mayer that it’s a sensitive portrayal? Discuss below, and discuss this and more with your fellow music fans in our forums.