NEKO CASE – ” Hell-On “

Posted: June 2, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Neko Case, photo by Emily Shur

Neko Case returns with her new solo album, Hell-On. The Producer / singer / songwriter Neko Case has won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than 23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate career artist – fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Anti-Records release Neko Case’s Hell On, an indelible collection of colourful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date.

Produced by Neko with help from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John), Hell On is simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12 tracks of Hell On – which features collaborations such as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman, Paul Rigby, Laura Veirs, and more.  The singer-songwriter also received contributions from the likes of her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, Gossip’s Beth Ditto, Doug Gillard, lang, Veirs, and Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf). She and Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan duet on “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”.

During recording sessions abroad in Stockholm, her home in the US burned down in a raging fire. The tragic incident is touched on throughout the album, especially on the single “Bad Luck”, but she’s since somewhat come to terms with what happened. Per a statement:

Case is now stoic about the fire. “If somebody burned your house down on purpose, you’d feel so violated. But when nature burns your house down, you can’t take it personally.” The month before the blaze, Hurricane Harvey had slammed into Texas and flooded Houston. Her home burned just as Puerto Rico was plunged into a nightmare by Hurricane Maria and wildfires incinerated California. “In the big picture, my house burning was so unimportant,” she says. “So many people lost so much more: lives and lives and lives.”

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In support of Hell-On, Case will soon kick off a sprawling North American tour, followed by a European stint that lasts well into November.

Hell-On marks Case’s first solo record in five years. The 12-track collection is the follow-up to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You; it also comes after her 2016 collaboration with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs and her 2017 album with The New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions.

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