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Watch Aimee Mann Perform Silky ‘Goose Snow Cone’ on ‘Colbert’

[Rolling Stone]

Singer-songwriter teams with Jon Batiste, Stay Human for delicate rendition of ‘Mental Illness’ track

By Jon Blistein

Aimee Mann performed a moving rendition of her new single “Goose Snow Cone” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday. The song will appear on Mann’s new album, Mental Illness, out March 31st via SuperEgo Records.

Mann partnered with Late Show band Jon Batiste and Stay Human for the performance, singing over an arrangement that opened with a simple acoustic guitar melody. The arrangement included strings, silky background vocals, simple percussion and the occasional piano twinkle, all of which paired beautifully with Mann’s affecting vocals.

Mental Illness marks Mann’s first album in five years, following 2012’s Charmer. The singer previously described the new record as the “saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it-record” she could write, playing on the popular belief that she generally makes “really depressing” music.

“I don’t know – people may have a different viewpoint – but that’s my own interpretation of the cliché about me,” Mann said. “I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”