The new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is released on 2 September via ANTI, her first since 2009's Grammy nominated Middle Cyclone which reached #3 in the Billboard Top 200. The record also features collaborations with M Ward, My Morning Jacket and Calexico among many others.
Neko Case returns with her first album in over four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You released on 2 September 2013 via ANTI. Since 2009's Middle Cyclone catapulted Case to the mainstream debuting at #3 in the Billboard Top 200, Case has earned her two Grammy nominations, a blazing furnace of critical warmth and commercial kudos with appearances on blockbuster events including The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond soundtrack with her song 'Nothing to Remember', and a memorable duet on The Zombies' 'She's Not There' with Nick Cave for the True Blood television series soundtrack.
Should we say her new album is highly anticipated? We don't know about you, but when Neko Case has something new to say, we're all ears. "There's a lot of inner conflict going on," she told NPR recently. In truth, a Neko Case always contains multitudes, each listen rewarding with greater depths to discover in the obliquely personal, brutally frank and amusingly colloquial lyrics in counterpoint to the sunlit melodies, haunted shadows in the rhythms and Case's singular voice, whose power is enough to sweep across the sky, upset the moon on its axis and shift the surge of the ocean tides.
Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss. Emerging from what she describes as a three-year period of grief and mourning, the singer reveals herself here in all her messy, contradictory honesty. From the infectiously prickly of 'Man' and the chilling a capella clarity of 'Aftermidnight, Honolulu', to the dreamlike 'Where Did I Leave That Fire?' which begins in submarine depths, traverses through deep sea feedback and piano sonar as Case seeks her lost mojo, and discovers she "can pick it up if you come down with ID" as if she'd left it in the back of a taxi. With the hopeful uplift of the album's closing track, 'Ragtime',The Worse Things Get. finds Case at her most emotionally raw yet paradoxically, in steely control, looking clear-eyed toward the future.
The album was executive-produced by Case and recorded at Wavelab in Tuscon, as well as Portland, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Tucker Martine, Case and Darryl Neudorf mixed the album, with backing by guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, vocalist Kelly Hogan and multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse. Other guests include M. Ward, Steve Turner, Howe Gelb, and members of The New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Los Lobos and Visqueen. In addition to eleven new songs written by Case, The Worse Things Get. features a cover of 'Afraid' by Nico.