Neko Case drops new tune, “Hell-On”

    It's the title track off the singer-songwriter's upcoming solo album, her first in five years.

    Neko Case Hell On
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    After what feels like ages since we’ve heard from her, Neko Case has just released new solo material. “Hell-On,” the title track off her forthcoming studio LP, premiered on Spotify today, and it sees The New Pornographers’ musician back at her indie-folk best.

    On the single, Case spins a darkly comic tale of power and submission. A chiming intro that recalls Pink Floyd’s “Money” gives way to the 47-year-old singer-songwriter likening herself to unspoiled nature—or vice-versa—as foreboding guitars compel her forward. “I am not a mess / I am a wilderness, yes / The undiscovered continent / For you to undress,” she croons.

    “Hell-On” doesn’t have the rollicking alt-country bent of her earlier material. And it may have come from Case’s 2016 collaboration with kd lang and Laura Veirs, which was filled with masterful pop ditties. Yet, if Hell-On possesses the instinct, wit and sprightliness of its first single, then we’ll be all ears.

    Hell-On is due to launch on June 1.

    Listen to “Hell-On” here: