LOS ANGELES Former indie-rock poster girl Liz Phair is expected to enter the studio within the next month to finish work on her fourth album, according to her management office.
The singer has been writing and demoing material sporadically over the past two years and has about 35 songs contending for the follow-up to 1998's Whitechocolatespaceegg. The songs range from radio-friendly pop to experimental rock with nontraditional arrangements. Phair hopes to release the album later this year.
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Pete Yorn and musician R. Walt Vincent played on and co-produced the most recent batch of tracks. Phair has not yet picked a producer for the final session, but longtime collaborator Brad Wood and singer/songwriter Michael Penn are among the possibilities. Wood produced Phair's Exile in Guyville (1993) and Whip-Smart (1994) and co-produced Whitechocolatespaceegg.