Neko Case acaba de divulgar “Hell On”, seu novo single, que faz parte do álbum de mesmo título, que será lançado este ano, sucessor de The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. A artista não lançava material solo desde seu último disco em 2013, porém a mesma trabalhou em Whiteout Conditions, do The New Pornographers (sua banda de origem) no ano passado.
A artista divulgou uma declaração sobre seu novo trabalho, onde afirma que “as músicas são quem eu acredito que sou e isso vai mudar, mas por enquanto é isso, e eu estou muito satisfeita desse jeito”. Neko também diz que considera seu estilo musical estranho, e que não considera sua voz bonita, “mas é minha, barulhenta, pesada, nasal e sem qualidades de vibrato, e eu a aceito”.
Hell On, será lançado no dia 1 de junho, e traz 11 músicas inéditas além do single. Confira abaixo a capa do disco (meio brega), seu tracklist, a declaração completa da artista (em inglês) e uma prévia do videoclipe do single “Hell-On”:
02. “Last Lion Of Albion”
03. “Halls Of Sarah”
04. “Bad Luck”
05. “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor”
06. “Gumball Blue”
07. “Dirty Diamond”
08. “Oracle Of The Maritimes”
10. “Sleep All Summer”
11. “My UNcle’s Navy”
12. “Pitch Or Honey”
“My name is Neko Case. I am a music producer, songwriter, and musician. I just finished a record called Hell-On with a cast of talented musicians, techs, label folks and friends. What I want you to know about me isn’t too much, nor do I want to over talk it. What you take away on your own, as a listener is most important. I worked really hard and I was present for every second of this project. Producing a record is a huge task and there were times I was deep in the weeds, but that is normal for a record that takes a year plus. The weeds aren’t so bad. There were a lot of break-through moments, belly-laughs, sleepless nights and grubby, shiny jeans. In the end it was all worth it and I am so proud of how it turned out, and I am so grateful to have worked with such dedicated, giving artists to make it happen. There were a few challenges during the making of this record from small (scheduling difficulties, and occasional miscommunication) to large (my house burning down while I was overseas.) But none of them are the story of this recording, the songs are the story. They are my best self. They are everything I’ve worked for since I was a kid, whether I knew it or not. I write songs from a feeling of solidarity with folks who feel alone or isolated, I think I’m trying to comfort people in this way. It’s not a forceful way rather “No commitment necessary;” take it if you want it, take it as you can. My style is odd, I don’t know what genre this is. I don’t have a pretty voice or a trained voice, and I am constantly disappointed that I don’t have a “tough” voice, no matter how hard I practice, but it’s mine, and for all its loud, heavy-handed, nasal, vibrato-less qualities I accept it. The closest sound I have found to compare it to is Bulgarian Folk singing. My Eastern ancestors could have been proud of me a century ago? I could have been a droning “caller of wasps” perhaps? I just invented that job, I like the sound of it.
The songs are who I believe myself to be and that will change, but for now that’s how it is and I’m very satisfied with that.”