Yesterday was an epic day for indie music releases. Both Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest dropped. Don’t let the indie label frighten you, however. Phoenix’s “1901” is a summery bundle of joy, and both Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” and “Cheerleader” are Beach Boys-esque slow jams that can be appreciated by all.
But, there was a third indie release that tops our Must List this week: Mandy Moore. Yes, I’m actually considering Mrs. Ryan Adams — a.k.a. the one-time “Candy”-maker, A Walk to Remember alum — as an indie artist. Her sixth studio album (wow, six already?), Amanda Leigh, definitively proves the starlet is all grown up. Better yet, she’s grown up to be a confident musician who, above all, has great taste in her collaborators. She cowrote the bulk of Amanda Leigh with musician Mike Viola, who among many accomplishments helped produce the titular song from Tom Hanks’ beloved (by me, at least) ’90s flick That Thing You Do! The result is an impressive 11-track collection of ’70s-inspired folk/pop. Standout songs include the lovely “Everblue” and the lullaby-like “Merrimack River,” which you can listen to below.
So what’s on your must list this week, folks? The new Jonas Brothers video? Revolutionary Road on DVD? So You Think You Can Dance? Share your top three Must List picks in the comments below, and remember to include your e-mail address in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. And don’t forget to check PopWatch each day for a new Must List poll question.