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Aug 01

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

image Neko Case is the love of my life.  She will be, anyway, if we ever get to meet.  When she sold out Bimbo’s four nights in a row, I went to every show.  I was totally going to stalk her until I saw this guy’s post and realized what a rank amateur I am when it comes to obsession.

It’s an easy bet that I have listened to Neko’s latest, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, more times than she has (that’s the nature of art).  It is a gorgeous piece of work that I find hard to describe, but can’t put down.  It’s filled with quirky little songs that defy conventional songwriting structure – lacking choruses and repeated hooks – but I find myself singing along to.  I’m a fan of big, strong voices, and Neko’s is the biggest and the strongest.  I also love a lot of reverb and the production of all of Neko’s solo work revolves on big, beautiful, echo’y sound.  She surrounds herself with some great musicians, including Kelly Hogan who I’ve followed since her Atlanta, Jody Grind days.  “Country noir”?  “Alt-country”? “Southern Gothic”?  I don’t really know what adjective applies other than “beautiful”.

I love her other albums as well.  I can listen to Look for Me, I’ll Be Around, the Sarah Vaughan cover from Neko’s Blacklisted, over and over and over again.  My sister and I did the best we could to cover:

Kim Meador – Look For Me, I’ll Be Around (Faster, Acoustic take here)

I think there’s a new Neko album on the way.  I can’t wait.

Here’s some songs off of Fox Confessor:

Margaret vs. Pauline
Hold On, Hold On
That Teenage Feeling
Maybe Sparrow

And here’s a couple of bonus songs from other albums:

Favorite
No Need To Cry

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