Neko Case

Artist: Neko Case
Title: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Label: Anti
Release Date: 2 September

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 Youreleased on 2 September 2013 via ANTI. The first single ‘Man’, featuring M Ward on guitar, is available now on iTunes, listen here now:

The Worse Things Get… is Neko’s most precise, urgent record to date, marked by a melodic immediacy, a loving embrace of the big rock gesture, and a lyrical frankness typified by first single ‘Man’, in which she warns “I’m a man…you’ll deal with me directly.”

“My brain wilderness is more dense and dangerous than I thought,” says Case. “It was an embarrassing and hilarious march, but I now feel like a more streamlined being. It’s a good feeling. Four years of my life took ten years hostage, then gave me back twelve.”

The album was executive-produced by Case and recorded at Wavelab in Tuscon, as well as Portland, Los Angeles and with Phil Palazzolo in 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.

Case’s 2009 album Middle Cyclone was the most critically acclaimed and fastest-selling of her career to date. It debuted at #3 on Billboard Top 200and earned two Grammy nominations. NPR hailed Case as “one of the most memorable and seductive voices in music” while The New York Times Magazine said “her voice is a force of nature” and Rolling Stone called her “indie’s greatest singer”.

Praise for Middle Cyclone:
‘She’s more attuned to the vernacular idioms of rural music than the false trinketry of Nashville Central. Her sixth album Middle Cyclone both reasserts and expands on all that. It’s more than just country; it’s a glorious pop album with roots in classic rock, folk, Motown and more’ 4/5 Uncut
‘Case is an intriguing writer and coolly commanding singer who delivers every syllable without flaw in pitch, timbre and phrasing’ 4/5 Mojo
‘You made Neko’s spiritual big sister, Lucinda Williams, wait until her mid‑fifties before you welcomed her in. Don’t make the same mistake again’ 4/5 The Sunday Times
‘This sixth solo release forms a seamless extension to 2006’s acclaimed Fox Confessor Brings The Flood; more driving torch songs glowering across a dark vista of strings, piano and guitar’ The Observer
‘This album, arriving a bit more than ten years into her career, could and should take her to the next level. It is a lush dream of a song cycle’ 4.5/5 The Sun
‘A stormer’ 4/5 Daily Mirror
‘Exquisitely realized’ 4/5 Independent
‘Like a spot‑lit chanteuse bred on punk rock, Case sweeps us up like het titular storm with loved‑up odes to nature, intimacy and human resilience’8/10 NME
‘Just go buy it’ 8/10 Clash

Track Listing for The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

1. Wild Creatures
2. Night Still Comes
3. Man
4. I’m From Nowhere
5. Bracing for Sunday
6. Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
7. Calling Cards
8. City Swans
9. Afraid
10. Local Girl
11. Where Did I Leave That Fire
12. Ragtime