Il 1 giugno 2018 Anti- pubblicherà Hell-On, il nuovo album di Neko Case, un’ indelebile collezione di brani colorati ed enigmatici caratterizzati da arrangiamenti audaci e interessanti.
Prodotto da Neko Case, Hell-On è sia il suo album più accessibile, ma anche quello più impegnativo. Hell-On è pieno di critica feroce, riflessione pacata e sensibilità poetica tipica di Neko. L’album è co-prodotto da Neko e da Bjorn Yttling? (Peter Bjorn & John) ed è stato mixato a Stoccolma da Lasse Martin.
Hell-On ospita una serie di musicisti, da Beth Ditto, Mark Lanegan, k.d. Lang, AC Newman, Eric Bachmann, Kelly Hogan, Doug Gillard, Laura Veirs, Joey Burns e molti altri.
?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.”
Quest’estate Neko Case partirà per un tour promozionale negli Stati Uniti. Si esibirà con Ray LaMontagne e al Sasquatch Festival.
Neko Case è un’artista coraggiosa, versatile, con una grande etica lavorativa e con la capacità di cercare in se stessa la forza creative necessaria per fare musica. Rolling Stone l’ha definite, “una della migliori e più ambiziose cantautrici americane,” mentre Pitchfork ha giudicato il suo ultimo album del 2013 The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, l’album più potente della sua carriera. L’album del 2015 Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, è un box set per festeggiare I suoi 20 anni di carriera e contiene gli 8 album che mostrano il suo incredibile viaggio dal punk/country, all’avant pop.
La tracklist di Hell-On
Last Lion Of Albion
Halls of Sarah
Curse of the I-5 Corridor
Oracle Of The Maritime
Sleep All Summer
My Uncle’s Navy
Pitch Or Honey