New Audio: The Hague’s Maida Rose Releases a Gorgeous and Playful Ode to Depression

Emerging The Hague, The Netherlands-based dream pop duo Maida Rose — songwriting partners Roos Meijer and Javièr den Leeuw — have spent the past five years writing and recording material in the attic of den Leeuw’s childhood home. And this year, they began sharing their songs with the world: Informed by the duo’s own adolescent experiences, their material lyrically and thematically touches upon love (both old and new), their struggles with depression and other related feelings and sensations.

The duo released “Within” earlier this year, and they’ve followed up with their least single “Every Day Is Blue,” a hook-driven bit of playful dream pop centered around shimmering guitars, a sinuous, feel good groove and Meijer’s coquettish vocals and an ironically melancholy melody. Sonically, their newest single will continue a run of material that will draw comparisons to the likes of Cigarettes After Sex, Beach House and others, “Every Day Is Blue” is a playful song about not feeling understood while suffering from depression.

“Depression is something that is hard to grasp if you’ve never suffered from it. I remember that I found it really challenging to communicate with friends and family who clearly had no idea of what it was like,” Maida Rose’s Roos Meijer explains. “They tried their best to say the right thing and to cheer me up, but it sometimes felt like they were unconsciously trivialising the state that I was in.”

“At the time the only thing that you want to do is curl up underneath a blanket and dissapear. I think deep down you know that this won’t do any good, but it’s a piece of knowledge that you’re trying to ignore.

“That’s why we decided to make the song quite playful; to highlight the contrast within. It’s almost a bit rebellious, which is an attitude that I remember vividly from adolescence, which is the main theme of the whole [upcoming] album.”

The duo is putting on the finishing touches on their self-produced full-length debut Tales of Adolescence, which is slated for release early next year.