Mandy Moore has announced a new studio album, In Real Life, as well as a supporting tour.
The follow-up to her 2020 project Silver Landings, the new record is due out May 13 via Verve Forecast. In Real Life was produced by Mike Viola, and made in collaboration with Moore’s husband Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and his brother and bandmate Griffin Goldsmith. Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, keyboardist Lee Pardini (The War on Drugs, Aimee Mann), and bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Sharon Van Etten, Phoebe Bridgers) also helped in the album's creation. The LP will include eleven tracks total.
“So much of this record came from future-tripping on the next chapter of my life and what it might look like: What parenthood would feel like, how it would change everything, and all the excitement and trepidation that comes with that,” Moore said in a statement. “At the same time, it was about celebrating and acknowledging where we were at the moment and really trying to be completely present in the everyday — which is maybe the hardest part of the human condition.”
Moore explained the album further, saying it is about remaining open and “staying aware, staying sensitive and empathetic to the people around me." She explained, "There’s something about expressing myself through lyrics and melody that makes me feel whole, and I see it as a privilege to have that outlet. And even though this album is very specific to me and my experience — there’s songs about my baby, my husband, my father, my friends — I hope everyone’s able to see their own lives in it. I hope they’re able to come along on the journey with me, and put themselves in the driver’s seat.”
So far, Moore has shared the album's title track as the LP's first single. In Real Life is currently available for pre-order, and you can reserve your copy here.
As for the tour, Moore will head out on a North American trek in June in support of the album. It will be her first tour in more than a decade. It begins June 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, and concludes at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival on July 24. Other cities Moore will be visiting include New York City, Toronto, Nashville, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and more. Find more information on Moore's website.
Listen to the single "In Real Life" below.
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