New Aimee Mann: Stream “I See You,” from New Album ‘Queens of the Summer Hotel’ Out 11/5 (Pre-Order)

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Next Friday, Nov. 5, esteemed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann will release a new album titled Queens of the Summer Hotel.

Today, Mann debuted a song from the record, an elegant composition titled “I See You,” which closes the album. The narrator of the song spends its verses reassuring a woman that she’s not alone in her battle with despair and personal turmoil, leading to Mann’s final lyrical phrase, “There is a girl over a cliff, trying to break her fall—I see you!”

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The song joins a few other pre-release tracks that have been made available ahead of the album’s release. Here’s “Burn It Out”:

And the music video for “Suicide is Murder”:

The material for Queens of the Summer Hotel has actually been in the works for a while. A news release laid out the timeline building up to this new album cycle:

Mann started developing the new music in 2018 when she agreed to write songs for a stage adaptation of Girl, Interrupted, Susannah Kaysen’s memoir about her psychiatric hospitalization in the late 1960s. It was material that Mann understood well, having had her own struggles with mental illness. The resulting music comes together in Queens of The Summer Hotel.

The album consists of a song cycle constructed from music that Mann wrote for the show, sung by Mann and orchestrated with her longtime collaborator Paul Bryan, using strings and woodwinds in a nod to the project’s theatrical origins.

In many ways Queens of The Summer Hotel is the unintentional part two to Mann’s 2017’s Grammy-winning album Mental Illness, both exploring themes of self-harm, depression and suicide. However, Queens of The Summer Hotel was written more quickly than any of Mann’s previous records. The assignment to write songs for someone else’s project offered Mann a sense of liberation, freeing her to enter another person’s consciousness and story—and a brand-new set of musical structures—through the lens of Kaysen’s own alienation.

Although several different characters narrate the songs, they’re not strictly tied to any narrative. But together, they form a portrait of one woman’s crisis of disassociation as seen through another woman’s eyes.

“I honestly felt almost possessed when I was writing this record as I’ve never written so fast and intensely,” said Mann in a statement. “I found the material very interesting and obviously really personal. I had specific ideas about what I thought the character’s backstory could be and incorporated a lot of shared experiences to flesh out specific characters discussed in the memoir.”

1. You Fall
2. Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath
3. Give Me Fifteen
4. At The Frick Museum
5. Home By Now
6. Checks
7. Little Chameleon
8. You Don’t Have The Room
9. Suicide Is Murder
10. You Could Have Been A Roosevelt
11. Burn It Out
12. In Mexico
13. Check (reprise)
14. You’re Lost
15. I See You

And catch Aimee Mann live in the coming weeks in Los Angeles and New York:

November 13––Los Angeles, CA––Largo at the Coronet
November 14––Los Angeles, CA––Largo at the Coronet
November 15––Los Angeles, CA––Largo at the Coronet
December 27––New York, NY––City Winery
December 28––New York, NY––City Winery
December 29––New York, NY––City Winery
December 30––New York, NY––City Winery

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