Borrowing elements of country, punk and avant-pop, singer-songwriter Neko Case is a force of nature as she performs the songs of her first solo album in five years, Hell-On (out on 1st June).
These are strange, enticing songs that never do what is expected of them – songs that took on new meaning after Case’s house burnt down halfway through the recording process. Despite this, her songwriting remains optimistic, creating miniature worlds that reflect life in all its beauty and unpredictability. ‘I write songs from a feeling of solidarity with folks who feel alone or isolated’, she says, ‘I think I’m trying to comfort people in this way’.
Featuring contributions from Beth Ditto, Mark Lanegan, k.d. lang, A.C. Newman, Eric Bachmann, Kelly Hogan, Nada Surf’s Doug Gillard, Laura Veirs, Calexico’s Joey Burns, and others, Hell-On was produced by Case in collaboration with Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John). It unites aspects of her sound from across her career, from her experiments with Punk and Country to her work with the New Pornographers, and features some of her boldest – and catchiest – songwriting to date.
‘One of America’s best and most ambitious songwriters’ – Rolling Stone.
Lyrically compelling and sonically stunning and at her core a deep unnerving truth. Kathryn Joesph released her new album, From When I Wake the Want Is, in August.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird On The Wire.
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