Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Night Still Comes"- Neko Case

As a part of the New Pornographers Neko Case has lent a hand in crafting some of the most ornate power-pop tunes of the past decade plus. However, her own projects tend to feature much more modest construction efforts. "Night Still Comes" sees Case singing over an arrangement of unfettered piano chords, steadily ticking drums, and a subdued bassline. The only showiness in the song comes by way of the layered vocals joining Case in her journey into the night to "catch a falling star." Besides the no-muss/no-fuss of the arrangement, Case is kept in check by a brain "that makes drugs to keep me slow," and an intrusive tide washing all her best-laid plans to sea. Masonry can't make sense of the state Case is in, nor can she, always tilting things to an unrecognizable angle. Even Case's quest to go "where my urge leads no more" is promptly swallowed up as a part of an arboreal feast." A simple solution is to "wash your hands of it," though there are always things water can't wash away.  

Case's 6th studio album, The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You is out September 3 through Anti- Records. 

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