Sometime New Pornographer, always alt-country chanteuse, Neko Case drops her sixth studio album on March 3. On Middle Cyclone, Case offers up what she calls “a bunch of love songs,” which are heartbreakingly beautiful and, at times, comical.
According to NPR, “the songs on Middle Cyclone are largely inspired by classic country and gospel, but there are unexpected moments in which she veers into more experimental territory with ambient textures and sound effects. The closing track on the album, for example, is a 31-minute field recording of crickets chirping.”
Ultimately, the songs on Case’s latest are about the universal need for love – in all their forms, whether that be a person, a region or a feeling.
Middle Cyclone was produced by Case, with Darryl Neudorf, and recorded in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto and Vermont. It features Case, backed by her core band: guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick. She’s also joined by a number of guests, including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys and Giant Sand.