Every so often a new artist reaches the ears of #TEAMw21 and the strength of their latest single sends us diving into their back catalogue for further pearls - With Mandi Sagal it is like finding a virtual oyster bed such are the rich pickings to be had!
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, now based in Nashville her latest single "Could Be" is likely to establish her on many people's radar. With a voice not a million miles away from Lainey Wilson and Maren Morris - the song puts into words that moment when eyes meet and the initial relationship sparks are potentially about to take hold and ignite.
As she puts it in the second verse, this is a relationship all but given the green light to commence.
"You ain't making a move but you should be
Been looking at you
Looking at me"
Later the signals being sent become ever more provocative
"Baby you're not mine
But you could be
This ain't our song but it could be
We're not dancing but we should be
So if you want me
Boy you got me"
It's a tale as old as life itself and Mandi has little trouble in outlining where her feelings lie.
"Last call drink fading into the smoke
Your hands on me
No time for talking on the way home
We could take it fast we could take it slow
Let it go where it's gonna go"
Mandi cuts an interesting figure - she knows things are delicately balanced and so the lyrics are laced with "could be"'s. There's a smouldering urgency in her delivery that is endearing. With a smooth backing mainly of drums and guitar, there is plenty of room for Mandi to shine and shine she does - there's even room for a cheeky final suggestive "But you could be!" that closes this little classic of a song.
"Rose Coloured Glasses" released a month previous is a pure pop country gem that shows a completely different side to Mandi and finds her contemplating what happened to the optimistic outlook of childhood,
"Innocent I used to be innocent
Sidewalk chalky, walking barefoot
Magic in every step I took"
It's a simple 3 line description but along with the cover picture, it establishes a univesal feeling we can all associate with. It also leads Mandi to ponder
"When did my heart get so cold?"
Must have happened overnight
Cos now a quarter of my life is gone, just gone"