Perhaps today’s Tunesday was inspired by the plethora of tweets I’ve seen from her the past few days (to raise money to help students with creative writing), coupled with a beautiful woman I recently met giving me “bonus points” for liking Neko Case. Or it’s just that I love Neko Case’s voice.
I’ve had a love affair with her voice for about 8 years, since I first heard Porchlight from the soundtrack to Slaughter Rule.
At the time, I was working 100hr weeks, and rarely had time to find music outside of emusic.com, but I was able to get my hands on Furnace Room Lullaby. And while I didn’t race out to buy more of her music, I often came back to that album. A couple of years later Fox Confessor Brings the Flood was released, and if I wasn’t smitten (mind you, I’d probably never even seen her photo, it was purely the soul and emotion of her voice, not some school boy crush on a pretty face – though I now know that’s the case too).
Margaret vs Pauline immediately joined my heavy rotation list, and is still on one of my favorite play lists. Since then I’ve acquired The Virginian, an earlier recording, as well as what I think is her latest recording, Middle Cyclone.
Unfortunately, by the time i discovered she was playing in Orlando a little over a year ago, the show was sold out. I’m anxiously awaiting the next opportunity, in the meantime I leave you with Star Witness off of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, from the aforementioned sold out show in Orlando, Florida December of ‘09.
Neko Case – Star Witness