Friday, April 8, 2011

The Monthly Spin: Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

The Monthly Spin is a newly recurring feature on Feminine Things wherein I talked about an album I'm loving and the perfumes I think go with it.

Okay, so this album is from 2009, but I only got it about four months ago. Sue me. Middle Cyclone took years to make, but was well worth the effort; it was nominated for two Grammys: Contemporary Folk Album and Best Recording Package, and is most famous for Case's creation of a piano orchestra in her Vermont barn, where she obtained as many free pianos as she could off Craig's list, eight of which were playable and are used on Middle Cyclone.

Everyone on the planet should go out and purchase it immediately. It is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. It's soulful. It's rich. It's beautiful written. I've seen it described as "elemental" and I totally agree with that assessment.

The lyrics are moving and the music is that rolling rockabilly-esque that makes older rock music still so enjoyable. I don't want to suggest it is rockabilly and country fried rock. It's not. If you are thinking you're getting Social Distortion, The The's tribute to Hank Williams Hanky Panky, or the Old 97s, that's too much country for this. At the same time, I want to put it on the shelf next to those along side The Traveling Wilburys, Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins, the new Wanda Jackson album produced by Jack White The Party Ain't Over, Lucinda Williams, and Kristen Hersh. FN1

My favorite tracks are"People Got a Lot of Nerve," a cover of Sparks' "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth," and "This Tornado Loves You." also, you may recognize "I'm an Animal"  from the second season of True Blood.

Recommended if you like: Any of the aforementioned bands, but also Patti Griffith, The Jayhawks, Wilco, the more rockabilly tunes from the White Stripes, Dar Williams' The Honesty Room, Joan Beaz.

While spinning, wear: Earthy or elemental scents, scents you can imagine ripping the roof off one house and leaving the next unscathed, pulling the very earth from the ground and wreaking utter havoc before leaving as though it was only your imagination. In other words, scents that speak to you of exquisite destruction. In my world, that would be things like Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory, CB I Hate Perfume Revelation, Jean Desprez Bala Versailles, Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud.

FN1 More on the Jackson/White album next month.


Anonymous said...

Neko on her Mercury Cougar would be wearing Nanette Lepore parfum (the clear bottle, not the horrid pink or green fragrances). And why haven't you reviewed it?

Diana said...


The world is full of perfume... guess I haven't gotten there yet. Thanks for the recommendation! :)