Ingrid Michaelson Aims for 'Less Ukulele, More Synths' on New Single

Ingrid Michaelson says her new single, the one-off track "Parachute," could be a harbinger of the approach she'll take on her fourth album and follow-up to last year's "Everybody."

"It's very poppy and different from what I've done in the past, which is pretty much straight down-the-middle, singer/songwriter stuff," Michaelson tells Billboard.com. "I just felt like I wanted to put something out. I'm not ready to put a full album out, so we thought we'd put this out and see how people take it or don't take it."

Michaelson expects to release her next album "probably in the middle of next year" and has "a good half an album's worth of songs, if not more" already written, with "a couple older ones that are floating around. I think I'm going to need a couple months to just write. I've been writing a little bit on my time off, but I'm going back out [on tour] again."

Ingrid Michaelson, "Parachute"

Michaelson does expect that when she hunkers down on new music, it will follow "Parachute" in taking some stylistic left turns. "I don't want to stay on the old singer/songwriter train for the rest of my life," she explains. "I'd like to sonically branch out. I'm not gonna do death metal or go country, but I would like to experiment, try some other sounds and...be a little braver. Maybe less ukulele, more synths."

Speaking of which, the ukulele strummer says cheerfully that she feels somewhat co-opted by Train's big hit, "Hey, Soul Sister," which brought the niche instrument to the forefront of a Hot 100 No. 3 hit. "I heard that song and I was like, 'Wait a second...oh well, there goes that'," she says with a laugh. "What I did is now stamped on that song forever -- that very, very catchy song that will never go out of our brains."

Michaelson, whose "Everybody" peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, launches a 20-date U.S. tour on Oct. 10 in Northampton, Mass.

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