Marshmello and Anne-Marie take us to the “Friends” zone on new single

Current Substream cover star Marshmello partners with up and coming pop queen Anne-Marie to deliver an anthem to those living life in the friend zone.

What is the friend zone? If you have to ask then you should consider yourself lucky because it is likely you have gone through life without feeling the sting of unrequited love. The friend zone is the place where all those who fall in love with their best friend exist when their best friend does not love them back. This isn’t to say they are not loved. Quite the opposite, in fact. They simply are not receiving the love they desire, and that can often lead to frustration.

Released early Friday morning, “Friends” finds Marshmello abandoning the world of EDM for a far more traditional pop sound that perfectly pairs with vocalist Anne-Marie‘s entrancing croon. The song is an anthem for those caught in the friend zone, as well those who put them there. Anne-Marie sings from the perspective of someone trying to tell their best friend that the love they share is not romantic. The friend, portrayed as Marshmello in the video, does not understand. You can watch their discourse play out and hear the song by watching the video at the top of this post.

“Friends” is the third single Marshmello has released this year, following “Spotlight” with Lil Peep and his “There X2” collaboration with Slushii. As we reported in our cover story, Marshmello has no plans to release a new album in 2018, but he did say fans could expect plenty of new music, which has certainly been the case thus far. Follow Substream on Twitter to ensure you never miss another music headline.