The Michael Blieden-directed video for Aimee Mann’s “Freeway” finds the singer looking glum in her backyard, while a hammy guy and girl do synchronized dances, wave foam props, check their phones, hug, mug, and otherwise earn the “hammy” designation I gave them earlier in this sentence. Here and there, the action’s accented with various Timecode effects, perhaps counting down to when the wall between singer and background dissolves and she’s offered temporary comfort. You have to give Mann credit for not hitting them.
“Freeway” is the first @#%&! Smilers single. We’ve previously heard “Thirty One Today” from the 13-track collection.
@#%&! Smilers is out 6/3 on AM’s SuperEgo label. She has shows this summer:
06/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
06/06 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
06/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Minneapolis Zoo
06/13 – Milwaukee WI @ Pabst Theater
06/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/09 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium
07/11 – Denver, CO @ Denver Botanical Gardens
07/12 – Park City, UT @ Deer Valley Resort
07/14 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
07/15 – Rosebud, OR @ Stewart Park
07/16 – Seattle, WA @ Seattle Zoo
07/24 – Calgary, Alberta @ Calgary Music Festival