ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jared Ryan Maldonado had some time to visit his friend in Dallas recently. And on the trip he took the time to soak up the sun.
“The sun feels good,” he says during a recent interview. “Living in Portland, (Ore.) it’s very foggy and cold. I’m glad to have gotten this break before our tour.”
Maldonado is one half of the indie pop duo Dresses. Singer Timothy Heller rounds out the duo, which has just released its album, “Sun Shy.”
Maldonado says the pair knew of each other while in high school.
“We went to neighboring high schools and I knew that she was in a band,” he says. “It wasn’t until a couple years after high school that we came together to play music.”
When it came to starting writing for “Sun Shy,” Maldonado says that Heller had some songs she had written and they began to work on them.
“Sun Shy” originally was released online in July 2013 but then the pair took the album down after they were signed to Side One Dummy Records.
“They really liked us and we got signed,” he says. “They wanted to distribute the album for us and we’ve just been on this ride. They are fair and honest and really fun to be around.”
Maldonado says he grew up in a musical family and that’s what has inspired him to pursue music full time.
“My dad is super musical but never really made it to touring the country,” he says. “He used to play in a reggae band. Now, he gets a chance to see me live my dream and tour while playing music. It’s kind of like my career is his, too.”
When it comes to writing for Maldonado, his best ideas come while most people are resting.
“I can sit down and try and write,” he says. “Then it’s funny because once my head hits the pillow, I’ll get ideas and then I’m up again jotting them down. Now, I just wait up and let the ideas come to me.”