Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has had a busy week; she shared a new song, announced that her first album in five years, Mental Illness, will be released on March 31st, and confirmed a spring tour!
The new record, Mental Illness, marks Mann’s first full-length since the release of Charmer in 2012 which was said by Rolling Stone to “show off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies.” If the lead single “Goose Snow Cone” is any indication Mental Illness will show Mann backing away from the pop influence and return to her softer musical style while maintaining the emotional quality in the lyrics. In “Goose Snow Cone” as well as the rest of the record Mann is joined by background singer Ted Leo (who fans will recognize from their side project, The Both).
Mental Illness is almost completely acoustic and uses a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of Mann’s favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records. Listening to “Goose Snow Cone” gives a good example of this style and influence as it has an almost June Carter/ Johnny Cash vibe.
“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.”
Mental Illness can be pre-ordered now at Mann’s website.
Mental Illness Tracklist
Goose Snow Cone
Stuck In The Past
You Never Loved Me
Lies Of Summer
Good For Me
Knock It Off
Mann has also announced she will be heading out for a headlining North American tour this spring, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and more. Tickets can be purchased here. See below for complete tour details.
Aimee Man Full Tour Dates
04/20: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
04/21: Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
04/22: New York, NY – The Town Hall
04/23: Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
04/25: Albany, NY – The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
04/26: Toronto, ON: Danforth Music Hall
04/28: Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
04/29: Chicago, IL – Park West
04/30: Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
05/02: Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
05/03: Minneapolis, MN – Fitzgerald Theatre
05/05: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
05/06: Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
05/08: Missoula, MT – The Wilma
05/09: Seattle, WA – Neptune
05/10: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
05/12: San Francisco, CA – Fillmore Theatre
05/13: Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel