02 February 2009

Waiting for Neko: A Mini-Documentary on YouTube

Fans of a certain kind of alternative music are waiting quietly for Neko Case's new disc Middle Cyclone, due on March 3, 2009. Case's powerful voice, distinctive songcraft and fine recordings stand out as among the best alternative/independent music of the decade.

While surfing around reading about Ms. Case in anticipation of the new record (and revisiting her 2001 EP Canadian Amp for review on the surethings music blog How to Hear), I ran across this video via Jon Rauhouse's site.

I've enjoyed watching Case mature into a full-fledged artist, though the transformation has been subtle. It would have been a challenge to improve on her second record, Furnace Room Lullaby (2000), but in the years since she has gone from strength to strength. The video should provide the uninitiated (under-rock-dwellers) with an idea of her particular charms. Those who know her well will get a sense of the maturity and artistic self possession she has cultivated over the years.

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