Aimee Mann says her upcoming LP, Mental Illness, is the "saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they're-all-waltzes-so-be-it-record" she could possibly write. The singer-songwriter's ninth studio album, her first since 2012's Charmer, is out March 31st via SuperEgo Records.
Mann showcases that sad, folky approach on lead single "Goose Snow Cone," which is available to stream on her website. "Even birds of a feather find it hard to fly," she croons over fingerpicked acoustic guitars and strings.
Mann says she wrote the material assuming the general public views her work as "really depressing." "I don't know – people may have a different viewpoint – but that's my own interpretation of the cliché about me," she said. "I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”
The 11-track album, which was inspired by her favorite Sixties and Seventies folk-rock LPs, features a core studio crew of Jonathan Coulton (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Jay Bellerose (drums), Jamie Edwards (piano), co-writer John Roderick and longtime producer Paul Bryan (string arrangements). Ted Leo, who recently collaborated with Mann in their joint side-project, the Both, adds background vocals.
This spring, Mann will embark on a headlining North American tour, launching April 20th in Washington D.C. and concluding May 13th in Los Angeles.
Aimee Mann – Mental Illness Track List
1. "Goose Snow Cone"
2. "Stuck In The Past"
3. "You Never Loved Me"
5. "Lies Of Summer"
6. "Patient Zero"
7. "Good For Me"
8. "Knock It Off"
9. "Philly Sinks"
10. "Simple Fix"
11. "Poor Judge"
Aimee Mann Tour Dates
April 20 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
April 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
April 22 - New York, NY@ The Town Hall
April 24 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
April 25 - Albany, NY @ The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
April 26 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
April 28 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
April 29 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
April 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
May 2 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
May 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fitzgerald Theatre
May 5 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
May 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
May 8 - Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
May 9 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 10 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore Theatre
May 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel