Mandy Moore wades into the deep end of friendship with “Heartlands.” A cut from her new LP, the piano tuner serves as an olive branch to a friend who, better or worse, is a wanderer by nature. “But you wander off when things get hard,” sings Moore with a pointed dagger. Later, she further reveals why she has distanced herself, dinging, “You make it difficult to be a friend ‘cause I won’t agree to disagree.” Percussion sputters beneath her feet and adds musical depths, those waters seemingly ebbing and flowing with the emotional time signature. In the chorus, she leaves a crumbled note about where she stands, “I won’t say how to live your life, but I’ll be here when your heart lands.”
Listen to “Heartlands” below.