Last night John Mayer uploaded a cover version of Lana Del Rey‘s 2011/2012 hit “Video Games“ onto his new Soundcloud account. The cover is performed on solo electric guitar with a healthy amount of reverb, and as Mayer currently cannot sing due to vocal chord problems, it’s an instrumental.
Somehow, Mayer manages to bring out another side of “Video Games,” one that we’ve never heard despite the endless covers and remixes of the song. It’s a soulful, mournful, absorbing side that is buried beneath the mix of the original, and that guitar… oh god, that guitar.
Hopefully Mayer will continue to record random, wonderful tracks like this — out of his three looks (pop-rock singer-songwriter, bluesy, and country), I prefer the bluesy, not his current country incarnation. Anyway, stream and download the track below, and scroll down even further to hear the first incomplete take that Mayer posted on his Soundcloud.
Stream: John Mayer – “Video Games (incomplete take)”