Aimee Mann’s seventh album, “@#%&! Smilers,” will arrive June 3 via her own SuperEgo Records. As first reported here in November, the album was produced by Paul Bryan, who also helmed Mann’s 2006 holiday album “One More Drifter in the Snow.”
“The sound is a little bit different for me,” Mann told Billboard.com. “It’s got a lot of Moog (synthesizer) on it (and) sometimes almost sounds like the Cars a little bit. From song to song, everything gets a different treatment.”
Mann also noted, “there’s no electric guitar at all, which you weirdly don’t miss. It’s kind of this all-keyboard situation, which is great. It’s an interesting amalgamation of sounds.” The track “True Believer” was co-written with Grant Lee Phillips.
Look for Mann on tour in the coming weeks in support of the new album, including an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in June, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Ovation’s “Live From the Artist’s Den.”