It’s been a couple of years now since Neko Case’s terrific album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood graced our collective ears so news today that the follow-up album, due in March 2009 is welcome news. The divine Ms. Case has released details of her new record, Middle Cyclone. Officially out on March 3, on ANTI Records the 15 track release promises to be stunning if the brilliant cover art is any indication.
Plenty of Canadian connections on this one too: 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 - along with numerous 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, among others. In addition to twelve new songs written by Case, Middle Cyclone includes covers of ‘Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth’ by Sparks, and “Don’t Forget Me” by Harry Nilsson. The woman could not have been any more inspired by those choices of songs to ‘Nekotize’.
See you at the record store. I’ll be the one first in line.
Tracklisting for Middle Cyclone
01. This Tornado Loves You
02. The Next Time You Say Forever
03. People Got A Lotta Nerve
04. Polar Nettles
05. Vengeance Is Sleeping
06. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
07. Middle Cyclone
09. Magpie To The Morning
10. I’m An Animal
11. Prison Girls
12. Don’t Forget Me
13. The Pharaohs
14. Red Tide
15. Marais La Nuit
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