Many of us started off 2022 on a tenuous note, given the chaos and hardship wrought by 2021 and 2020. Maren Morris hopes to alleviate a bit of that New Year’s anxiety with “Circles Around This Town,” the first official single off her forthcoming album Humble Quest. The laidback buoyancy of the track recalls earlier Morris hits like “Rich” and “80s Mercedes,” though its lyrics grapple with heavier themes, like finding meaning in a complicated world. “It’s an honest but light look at what it’s like to continuously chase down a dream,” Morris tells Apple Music. “It’s just a fun song to jam in your car to. I wanted to kick not only this album off but this year off from that positive outlook. We need some sunshine.” This playlist tracks what’s happening from the heart of the country scene to its outer edges. Check back here early and often, and if you hear something you like, add it to your library.