It's easy to get lost in the flurry of push notifications on your phone and confusion over whether Mercury is still in retrograde (yes, it is till the 9th), the combination of which can leave you desperate for a time out. While The Marías were nonstop touring in 2019, they needed to take a breath of their own and entered the studi, where they left with "Hold It Together."
The pop-leaning and low-key love song features guitar and key lines that interlock hand in hand. Right in the pocket is the cotton candy-textured voice of vocalist María that cooly asks you to slow down with her. She goes back and forth in her mind about why she's dwelling on a certain somebody but also admits that she's not above judgment either: "I'm a little like you, don't pick up or slide through."
Speaking to The FADER via email, María explained her headspace right before recording the song and the Twin Peaks-esque visuals from director Bethany Vargas: "As an introvert on tour and the only woman in a band, I was extremely anxious and stressed during this time. I think the song represents my inner turmoil. We also wanted the video to represent this as well. Bethany’s concept captured it beautifully. The chrome balls, from my perspective, almost represented my brain. I wanted to console it and hold it, but at times, it got too much for me to bear and it spiraled out of control."
The Marías will be performing at the Frost Music & Arts Festival on May 16 in California.
Photo: Bethany Vargas