The last few weeks the leaves have finally turned and are starting to drop! For me it’s the perfect time of year for a polished voice paired with slightly sinister music and lyrics for my walk to work iPod playlist. Neko Case’s latest album Middle Cyclone has been filling that niche as I shuffle through the crunchy (sometimes wet) leaves.
Her voice can have a country twang at times but she’s more versatile than any modern pop-country artists. Her band is super talented and the album has a big production sound without losing an emotional resonance. What I most admire about Neko are her lyrics. The opening track, “This Tornado Loves You”, is a dark scorned-love tale with an urgent rhythm behind it to match an intense delivery and lyrics:
My love, I am the speed of sound
I left them motherless, fatherless
Their souls hanging inside-out from their mouths
But it’s never enough
I want you
I also recommend her previous album Fox Confessor Brings The Flood for more of the same.