Four years after the release of her excellent fifth LP, 2009's Middle Cyclone, Americana songbird and sometime New Pornographers member Neko Case is preparing to return with her next album. She just released a gorgeous new LP video trailer, full of exploding fireworks and shots of her pastoral Vermont farm. Most importantly, though, we hear snippets of new music and get the LP's official title.
Deep breathe: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
No official release date or tracklist have been released yet, but the LP was recorded during an 18-day stretch in Tucson, AZ, and will drop via Anti- records. And it appears to be done: "HEY, LOOK!!! IT'S FINALLY DONE!!" Case tweeted yesterday (June 6).
In recent NPR interview Case describes the LP track "Where Did I Leave That Fire," teased in the trailer above. "To me it felt—this is going to sound very flaky—but it didn't feel of this world," she said of the track. She described the song as an "ambient thought process" that features submarine sound effects.
"I had really gotten into the book Shadow Divers [written by Robert Kurson] right before we had recorded all of this. ... It's about a U-boat found off the coast of New Jersey that had been lost. It was a German U-boat, and these American divers became obsessed with it, and it was riveting. Everybody in my band read it, and we were super-obsessed."
Watch an acoustic performance of "People Got a Lotta Nerve," from Middle Cyclone, below.