MANDY MOORE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE & VIDEO "WHEN I WASN'T WATCHING"
SINGER-SONGWRITER AT WORK ON FIRST ALBUM IN 10 YEARS
- Genre : Pop
- Type: News
- Author : Team ARTISTdirect
- Date : Tue, 17 Sep 2019
Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore has shared a soul-stirring new single titled "When I Wasn't Watching." A classic piece of California pop centered on her captivating vocals, the song is set to appear on Moore's forthcoming full-length effort - her first album in over a decade, due out via Verve Forecast early next year. "When I Wasn't Watching" is a softly stunning visual directed by Lauren Dukoff, photographer/director known for her work with Adele, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga.
Produced by her longtime collaborator Mike Viola (Jenny Lewis, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), "When I Wasn't Watching" channels the intense self-reflection Moore experienced in making her return to her music. "The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while," says Moore. "But then I finally realized: I'm the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me."
Thanks mainly to Moore's gracefully crafted lyrics and warm vocal performance, "When I Wasn't Watching" also speaks to a more universal truth. "I think everyone's had the experience of feeling lost and not quite understanding how you've found yourself at a certain point in your life," Moore says. "And I think the key is not to judge yourself for that. I'm a big believer in the idea that what you've journeyed through is ultimately going to factor into the person you become, and how you'll greet whatever big challenge you face next."
Photo Credit: Lauren Dukoff
Newly signed to Verve Forecast (a label whose roster also includes such esteemed artists as T Bone Burnett and J.S. Ondara), Moore began recording her upcoming album earlier this year. In a purposeful departure from the more tightly structured pop of her previous material, she's worked closely with Viola and with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith (singer/guitarist/songwriter for L.A.-based folk-rock band Dawes), creating the album's lyrics on her own and recording each song live with a full band setup.
"No one's playing to a click track - it's all happening live on the floor, which gives everything a magic and spontaneity that's so different from what I've done on any other record," says Moore. "And on top of that we're recording to tape, so there's no reworking or editing: a take is a take. At first that was scary, but now it's become a fun sort of pressure that really fuels me."