“God, there’s something.”
That’s the conclusion that Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye come to in their new song “Friends Don’t.” And it’s also the conclusion I came to when I first listened to the duo’s debut album Start Here back in 2015.
There’s something about them; something about the way they craft their lyrics so effortlessly and something about the way they keep the instrumentation traditional, with enough banjo, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and steel guitar to make their music undeniably country.
So when the duo announced on Friday (April 27) new music was on the way, I knew it would be something.
And it is. It’s been two years since Maddie & Tae’s last single “Sierra,” and “Friends Don’t” — written by Marlow, Taylor Dye, Justin Ebach and Jon Nite — is worth the wait. It’s all about the telltale signs of a more-than-a-friend friend, and how good it feels to finally admit you both see those signs.
“Anything we ever do we have (the fans) in mind and want to always create music they can connect with. We have a big story to tell on this album,” Marlow said, “and ’Friends Don’t’ is the beginning of it all.”
“Friends Don’t” is the first single from their upcoming follow-up album, due out later this year.