Maroon 5 is out to give those yearning, unrequited friends in love hope with a brand new song. Today (July 29), the Adam Levine led band released the second song from its upcoming album V as a part of an iTunes pre-order, "It Was Always You."
Co-written and co-produced by GRAMMY winning team The Monsters and the Strangerz (Cher Lloyd, Big Sean, Carly Rae Jepsen), the new single further separates Maroon 5 from its funk rock roots. Incorporating electronic and pop elements, this song takes the band's new poppy direction and makes it dark, with yearning vocals and deep twists and turns in the melody, with Levine exploring the lower side of his register (which is still relatively high).
This song sounds like a true hunt for love, with the driving beat leading the listener to new locations in their brain map.
"It was always you / Now I know why my heart wasn't satisfied / It was always you / No more guessing who," the signer pleads in the chorus, actually depicting the sort of search for love that was previously teased in "Maps."
Lyrically, the song reflects realizing that an old friend was actually a future lover all along, see: a When Harry Met Sally situation. While not a little explored topic in the world of pop music (see: Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me," Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz "Lucky"), but it's a worthy one to explore, and it's something Maroon 5 does shockingly well.
Listen to the new Maroon 5 track "It Was Always You" below, or here if the embed is not working.
"It Was Always You" is a new song from Maroon 5's upcoming fifth studio album, fittingly titled V. The follow-up to the 2012's Overexposed will be released on Sept. 2. It is currently being led by the "Payphone"-esque single "Maps."