Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"Furnace Room Lullaby" by Neko Case

Birthday gal Neko Case, the pride of Tacoma, is also a major player in Vancouver's music industry; after attending the city's Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design she was signed by Mint Records, whereupon she recorded the alt-country classic album The Virginian in 1997.

Her follow-up was the sensational album Furnace Room Lullaby - from whence is drawn this awesome track - which showcases (and indeed shows Case's) crystalline tone and assertive pitch. Although Case's voice has drawn comparisons to Patsy Cline, her persona both onstage and off owes more to punk and even the anarchic spirit of the honky-tonk than it does to the suavity of the Nashville Sound as executed by Owen Bradley.

As you might be able to tell from its video, the song was used in the soundtrack for the 2000 film The Gift, which starred Cate Blanchett.

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