Friday, December 8, 2006

Mandy gets indie

Okay, so before you smack me for being totally pop-culture obsessed, this does have some relevance to all you indie hipsters out there. Kinda. Okay, just a little. Deal.

I'm not afraid to admit I really like Mandy Moore.

Out of all those bubble gum pop princesses of yesteryear, Moore seemed to have the most promise. She wasn't getting dirrrty or knocked up, she chose clothes and some pretty quality films to keep her busy. And now?? She's getting indie.

MTV (shocker) reports that Mandy's next album, out in April 2007, will show her folk side, collaborating with producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, Liz Phair) and working on some tunes with singer/songwriters like Rachael Yamagata, Chantal Kreviazuk, Lori McKenna, and indie pop-folk duo the Weepies. Tentatively titled Wild Hope, Mandy will write or co-write every song on the album.

And yes, fans will be hearing a different Mandy on Wild Hope — not the "Candy" Mandy they might have grown up with. She said that her love of folk did seep into some of the tracks, and she had to take the chance of it not connecting with her old fans.

"I love the music I love, and I wanted to make an organic, fresh, live-sounding pop record unlike what's out there now," she said, admitting that she no longer knows where she fits into today's musical landscape. But more than that, the album's also very personal, she said.

See. I told you she's cool.

  • Mandy Moore - I Wanna Be With You
  • Mandy Moore - Drop The Pilot
  • The Weepies - World Spins Madly On

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