The new album by Aimee Mann ‘Mental Illness’ will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran, and she’s released her first video from it today. If you’ve ever seen any of her videos previously you’ll know she sets the bar high and this new track “Patient Zero” is ostensibly a song about Hollywood disappointment, influenced by the writings of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West (‘Day Of The Locust’). The video is directed by Daniel Ralston and loosely based on Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play ‘The Dresser.’
The new album follows 2012’s ‘Charmer’, which Rolling Stone proclaimed “shows off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies.” With this follow-up, she returns to a more musically soft-spoken but still lyrically barbed approach. Look out for an album review here on AUK soon – in the meantime, here’s the video, as well as a “making of” promo for the new record.