Friday, April 12, 2024

Mandy - "Forsythia"

Photo by Sarah Joyce

Mandy is the solo project of Melkbelly's Miranda Winters, and her latest single defies all solo project norms. Instead of the usual acoustic singer-songwriter song you normally get with a solo project, "Forsythia" is a straight up grunge song. It's churning and sludge filled guitars with pounding drums. But, like with a lot of grunge, there is a lot of pop hooks and catchiness to the song. This might be more mid-90's grunge, but it's much heavier than I expected it to be. It seems to get a little more power pop as it goes on, but that opening guitar riff will get burnt into your mind.

Miranda Winters says of her new single:

“This song is about the internal landscapes we create in response to our external locations. Forsythia (the shrub) has always shown up at the right times in my life – it’s easy to love and relate to because even at peak bloom it looks a little dirty. It's always somewhere in the background for me, follows me around. This song started in New Mexico but spends a lot of time in Providence RI, Wisconsin and Chicago.”

You can listen to "Forsythia" below. Lawn Girl is due out April 26 on Exploding In Sound. For more on Mandy, check out the artist on Instagram and Twitter.

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