John Mayer‘s sixth studio album, Paradise Valley (due out August 20th) features a pair of high-profile guests: his increasingly frequent collaborator Frank Ocean, and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Katy Perry.
Perry appears on a country-tinged mid-tempo track titled “Who You Love”; Ocean lends his voice to a brief, poetic track Mayer has already debuted with a lyric video titled “Wildfire.”
Mayer publically acknowleged the role Perry has played in his life when he returned to the stage in July, telling the crowd at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “She was so patient” and took the time “to continue to get to know me and love me” while he suffered from vocal issues. The two have not collaborated prior to her appearance on Paradise Valley.
“Frank is such an interesting, deep, touched, wonderful guy,” Mayer told Rolling Stone in January. “They don’t make a lot of other Frank Oceans, and the guy is looking for another. And the way that his mind works is craving the same frequency that he’s able to communicate on, and I think he’s just searching for that kind of depth that he has inside of himself in someone else. He’s fascinating to me. He’s so great.”
Mayer was even willing to say a few words about Perry during that interview, telling us, “I’m quite happy. I’m happy in all aspects of my life. I’m very happy in all aspects of my life.”