The title may not be official, but never mind, she is the queen (and occasionally the king too). She is a consummate professional, a great singer, a feeling human being, and a serial collaborator. If she is singing, I’m listening. As someone in the YouTube comments wrote, “you don’t need auto-tune if it’s built in.” Neko is one of the lead singers of the New Pornographers but I feel I need to pay homage to her as a solo artist first because, well,… she is the queen.
I’ll post the New Pornographers another time (edit: here now), but for now, just enjoy her performance, her voice, and if you feel the need, you may bow.
I took the blurry photo above at a free Neko Case concert in New York on the pier in 2012. I’ve seen her twice with the New Pornographers and I’m psyched to say I’ve got tickets for her upcoming solo tour in January. Neko Case rules. Check out the comments on YouTube to see some serious admiration.
For more examples search for her collaborations with Los Lobos, Elvis Costello, Elton John, and the album she did with k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.
Song on this playlist:
Behind The House / This Tornado Loves You / Man / Magpie To The Morning / I’m An Animal
YouTube playlist: Neko Case
Spotify playlist: Neko Case