Just ahead of the arrival of her new album, Maren Morris has given another taste of the collection with the uplifting song “The Bones.” Morris’ second album Girl will be released March 8th.
Lightly distorted guitar arpeggios open the track, and Morris sings about a relationship that’s built to survive the bad weather. “We’re in the home stretch of the hard times/we took a hard left, but we’re alright,” she sings, offering a glimpse of love that inevitably has its ups and downs but somehow always manages to return to form. The production mirrors this optimism, slowly layering elements until the gospel-influenced chorus cracks it wide open with a chord progression that conveys the feeling of ascent. Repurposing a trick from “Sugar” (off her debut Hero), Morris flips the chorus lyrics around with a new melody and rhythm for the song’s bridge and then closes it out with some soulful vocal ad libs.
Girl, which includes the previously released title track and the Brandi Carlile duet “Common,” also features an appearance by Brothers Osborne on a song called “All My Favorite People.” Morris will launch her Girl: The World Tour March 9th — the day after the album comes out — in Chicago. Morris recently picked up a single ACM nomination for Female Artist of the Year, after having been nominated for five different honors at the 2019 Grammy Awards.