Mini Mansions are far from becoming a household name, but their new track "Any Emotions" features background vocals from a world-famous collaborator: Brian Wilson. Early in the songwriting process, bassist Zach Dawes connected with the former Beach Boy while working on his forthcoming album, No Pier Pressure, and the singer liked the band's tune so much that he agreed to lend his voice to it.
"I went straight to Vox Studios from that session where the boys were doing vocals for 'Any Emotions,'" Dawes says. "As they got into harmonies Brian's name came up kind of as a pie-in-the-sky idea. I followed up with him and sent him a rough cut of the song. Then that rare moment occurred where the idealized version of something becomes a reality."
The result is a laid-back pop track that leaves an impression without forcing itself upon the listener. For the video, the band and director Mike Harris envisioned a single-take treatment in which an actor would – playing on the title – cycle through a handful of feelings. "Due to the straightforward nature of it, it wasn't about getting somebody famous as much as it was getting someone great," says Dawes. In Colin Hanks, Mini Mansions found someone who might be both. "He had caught our set opening for the Arctic Monkeys last year," the bassist continues, "and everybody agreed he would be perfect."
Check out the finished products – song and video – above, and expect the band's new LP, The Great Pretenders, to be released March 24th on T-Bone Burnett's Electromagnetic Recordings. The single is available digitally or as a 7-inch.