The latter is particularly affecting, laying bare her internal conflicts over a minimal arrangement that serves to spotlight Case’s ravishing voice.
“That one was me trying to explain what it felt like to be in that weird place,” offers the 43-year-old.
Her emotive songs range from brooding commentaries on modern life to self-reflexive tales wrapped in metaphors from the natural world or folklore. The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who were “crappy parents”, Case has described the family home as a place where she felt unimportant.So I assume that you will have the biggest dressing room backstage. Portland felt like home to me when I toured here throughout the years; I always felt a connection to it. But now that I can be more objective, I am humbled.And I met Laura and Neko and decided that I wanted to make a record with them. I have been mulling over doing a trio record for quite a few years. My original idea was kind of a girl group-punk-folk combo. They did ask me [again] this year but I was out of the country at the time. But, um, I felt a little disappointed by the fact that the emotion was…It is something I always wanted to do —to be part of a band, a real collaborative effort. I was just thinking about it one night and I went: “Oh, my god. That would be awesome.” I sent them an email and in about half an hour, they both wrote back and said: “Yes, let’s do it.” So that’s how it happened. It sort of skewed more toward a real modern folk record. like, I wanted Cate Blanchett to melt at some point. What would you say is the proudest moment of your career? “The record happened despite crappiness rather than because of it,” she explains, during a break in her recent UK tour.“There was no phoenix from the fire, nothing glamorous about it at all.More evidence emerged that the Record likely had it right."That's where she stays when she's here," assistant Barnet fire chief Joseph Barrett told Seven Days. She did register to vote in Vermont using the Barnet address where the blaze broke out, Secretary of State records show.Growing up, she found it both a source of solace and a thrill.Case refers to it as “the benevolent voice in the dark that says, 'It’s OK, I’m here for you.’ I’d put on Dreamboat Annie [by Heart] and my roller skates, pick up my aunt’s guitar and sing into the hairbrush in front of the mirror.” It wasn’t until much later, though, during her time as a punk drummer, that she realised she had a voice: “It was just this urge – a crazy, ravenous urge – to sing things.