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!