Aimee Mann will release her first album in five years, Mental Illness, on 31st March via SuperEgo/Membran Records.
The album is the follow-up to 2012’s Charmer and is an almost all-acoustic record inspired by Aimee’s favourite 60s and 70s folk-rock records. The album is produced by longtime collaborator Paul Bryan and features additional players Jonathan Coulton on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Jay Bellerose on drums, Jamie Edwards on piano, John Roderick as a co-writer and Ted Leo (who recently joined her in a joint side project, The Both) as a background singer.
Mental Illness features 11 brand new tracks and sees Aimee continue to study human behaviour.
“I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” Mann says. “I don’t know – people may have a different viewpoint — but that’s my own interpretation of the cliché about me. So, if they thought that my songs were very down-tempo, very depressing, very sad, and very acoustic, I thought I’d just give myself permission to write the saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it record I could…I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”
Listen to lead track Goose Snow Cone below: