I’m worried about this one. Not because Neko Case’s Wild Creatures retrospective collection is anything other than completely AWESOME. Not because I’m saying anything negative and Neko Case might read it (because I would NEVER say anything negative about Neko Case and will frankly challenge anyone who does to a duel at dawn). No, I’m worried because Neko Case might read this and find out about my decades-long crush on her and issue a restraining order.
Anyway. Did I mention that this “Knit to This” is about Neko Case?
If you’ve been following her since her beginnings with the bands Neko Case & Her Boyfriends and The New Pornographers, and if you have your “Neko Case Has a New Project” holiday buntings installed on your second-floor waving balcony, then you already know that she has a new project out.
There’s only one new song on Wild Creatures—the spectacular “Oh, Shadowless”—but this collection is a long, wide-ranging career-glance that is irresistible even if you already own every single OTHER song on it in at least three formats. (I eagerly await the release of her entire oeuvre on 8-track to complete my collection.)
Though Wild Creatures is digital-only, it’s loaded up with geegaws and artwork and extra commentary from the likes of David Byrne and Rosanne Cash and Thao Nguyen and Andrew Bird and Jason Isbell and a billion other people already indoctrinated into the Case Cult.
If you’re still among the uninitiated, just hunt up Wild Creatures on whichever streaming service you prefer (I think that’s the lingo the kids use these days) and get your “Man” on.
And Neko, Neko—call me.