Apart from Adam Levine continuing to be a coach on NBC’s The Voice, it seems like Maroon 5 has been keeping their upcoming projects on the down-low since the release of 2012’s Overexposed. Well, the wait is over because they finally released a brand new single from them their upcoming album V! While it surprisingly didn’t premiere on The Voice, “Maps” still makes me excited for what the band has in store for us.
“Maps” couldn’t have come in at a more appropriate time. Its sound is happy-go-lucky, something they regularly put out, and has the potential to be the muse of some out of this world remixes. It’s very much a summery track with funky guitars and a danceable beat that you can’t help but want to play at every single barbecue and pool party. It was definitely a smart tactic to release the song when they did, especially when they released it so out of the blue.
“Maps” could easily be an unofficial “Payphone” part 2 if you really think about the tone of the lyrics. Both discuss the topic of having someone leave you for no darn reason at all, but “Maps” goes a little bit deeper into that topic. The lyrics are actually kind of depressing and play with the concept of feeling abandoned by someone who you thought would always be there in its chorus of “I was there for you in your darkest nights/but I wonder where were you when I was at my worst/down on my knees/and you said you had my back…” The map is a metaphor of where Levine sees his life going, but a roadblock (in this case, how a person has become) can absolutely determine whether or not he wants to continue on that path.
V has already been rumored to be a darker album for the band and “Maps” showcases that in a way where it doesn’t look like they’re trying too hard. Sure, it still has its peppy musicality that all of their songs have, but its seriousness in the lyrics easily makes the upcoming album something to look forward to. “Maps” is a fantastic starter single to gain some early buzz and it can also double as a promotional tactic for Levine’s upcoming film directed by John Carney, Begin Again. It’s going to be unbearable to wait for the release of V, but at least we’ve got “Maps” to keep us at bay.