Neko Case fights harder

Neko Case's music balances passion with plot. (Neko Case/Facebook)

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Neko Case's powerful new record examines death, depression and loss of self, but it is also a testament to the beauty that can come out of tragedy. The name of the album, her sixth solo record, is rather telling: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.

Some may know Case as an ongoing member of Vancouver's New Pornographers, but her solo work has also earned her a robust following. Her critically acclaimed alt-country sound has evolved to embrace blues, gospel, jazz and rock over the years, and her songwriting has become increasingly textured.

The Grammy award-winning artist performs live in Studio Q and joins Jian at the desk to discuss the pressures that slowed down her creative process -- making her a "sludgy mud-dweller" for a while. Case opens up on her struggles with depression, whether she relives her pain when she sings, and why she chose a song with such a long name as the "troupe leader" of her album.

Canadians can stream Case's full album for free today on CBC Music's first play. Listen, and let us know what you think!

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