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Aimee Mann explores Donald Trump’s dark and dangerous psyche with new song “Can’t You Tell?” — listen

on October 11, 2016, 3:10pm

Photo by Autumn Andel

Yesterday saw the launch of 30 Days, 30 Songs, a music series in which bands reveal a new anti-Donald Trump song everyday until Election Day. “As artists, we are united in our desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump,” the 30 Days website notes. Death Cab For Cutie kicked things off with a track called “Million Dollar Loan”; now, Aimee Mann has chimed in with her contribution, “Can’t You Tell?”

Rather than make her own observations about the incompetent wannabe politician, she instead delivers the song from the perspective of The Donald, as if she could peer into his own mind. To the surprise of absolutely no one, she finds that Trump’s got a twisted and garbage-littered sad excuse for a brain — one that’s run on ego and fueled by the joy he takes in fear-mongering.

In a statement, Mann discussed the idea for the track:

“I wanted to write about Trump in the first person because I think it’s more interesting to speculate on what people’s inner life might be. I had heard a theory that Trump’s interest in running for President was really kicked off at the 2011 White House Correspondent’s dinner when President Obama basically roasted him, so that’s where I started. And my own feeling was that it wasn’t really the job itself he wanted, but the thrill of running and winning, and that maybe it had all gotten out of hand and was a runaway train that he couldn’t stop.”

Check out “Can’t You Tell?” up above. R.E.M., My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Thao Nguyen (of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) are also involved with the 30 Days project.

In related news, it appears Mann is gearing up to release her first solo album in four years. Titled Mental Illness, it’s expected to hit stores next spring. In 2014, she and Ted Leo linked up to put out their collaborative debut LP as The Both.

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