Here’s something to look forward to: Neko Case will release her first solo album in five years on June 1, and you can listen to the opening track now.
Here’s what we do know. Out June 1, Hell-On will feature 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. While she’s often shared producer credits in the past, this is the first time Case has completely self-produced her own album, saying in a press release: “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.”
“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,” she added.
Really feeling that cover, in which Case looks like the patron saint of our offices throughout the year 2016. Not sure what Hell-On means literally, but I’m definitely understanding it on an emotional level.