Aimee Mann has released a new video for the single “Patient Zero” from her upcoming album “Mental Illness” (watch it above). Mann herself appears only briefly in the video. Instead it stars actors Bradley Whitford and James Urbaniak in a story reminiscent of the play “The Dresser.” Also making brief appearances are “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and actor Rich Sommer.
The video is directed by Daniel Ralston, who told NPR, “I believe ‘Patient Zero’ is a song about Hollywood disappointment. I wanted to make a video about the same thing, on a smaller scale … It’s about being able to let go of the things we want but can’t have.”
“Mental Illness” is due to be released on March 31. It’s Mann’s ninth solo album and her first since “Charmer” back in 2012. She’s probably best known for contributions to the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Magnolia” (1999), including the song “Save Me,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She was also nominated for two Grammys for the song, and though she didn’t prevail for that recording she later won Best Recording Package for her album “The Forgotten Arm” in 2006.
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