The singer's first taste of new music since her 2009 album.
Mandy Moore went out in search of herself and came back with her first new song in a decade. The singer released the midtempo track and music video for "When I Wasn't Watching" on Monday (Sept. 16), giving her fans a preview of her first new music since 2009. The chilled-out pop ballad with a rocking edge finds Moore taking a deep look inside to figure out what kind of person she's become. "Where was I when this was going down?/ Maybe sleeping in, maybe outta town?/ I spent my whole life waiting patiently/ Convinced it all would come to me," she sings over a chugging beat and a chorus of backing vocals.
With the exception of a cover of Little Feat's "Willin'" in 2017 for the soundtrack to her hit NBC drama This is Us, Moore hasn't released new original material since her 2009 album Amanda Leigh. After revealing the allegedly heavy-handed role former husband Ryan Adams played in her musical career during their troubled marriage, Moore wrote in an Instagram post last summer that she was getting back to her first love with no strings attached. "I'm not scared anymore. No more excuses," she said. "No more allowing someone's else insecurities to dictate my relationship to music and singing."