More than four years since her last long player Charmer (2012) surfaced, Aimee Mann has announced that her ninth studio album, the 11-track Mental Illness, is due in stores March 31st via her own SuperEgo Records. In describing the project, Mann pokes fun at her penchant for penning solemn, introspective fare when she explains, “If [people] 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.” Hence, the appropriately titled Mental Illness.
Unequivocally one of the finest songwriters of the past thirty-plus years, Mann is arguably best known for the handful of memorable compositions she crafted for the acclaimed soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 film Magnolia. But her recorded repertoire before and after has been consistently excellent, with 1995’s I’m With Stupid, 2002’s Lost in Space, and 2005’s The Forgotten Arm among my personal favorites across her discography.
A new Aimee Mann album is always cause for celebration, and to further fuel her devoted fans’ anticipation, she has unveiled the melodic, acoustic album opener and lead single, “Goose Snow Cone.” Preview the song below and then head on over to her website to hear the track in full. And be sure to catch her on tour this spring, in a venue near you.