Listen to a Gender-Bending New Single From Neko Case

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
June 11 2013 1:03 PM

Listen to the New Single From Neko Case

88691581
Neko Case performs at Bonnaroo in 2009

Photo by Katie Stratton/Getty Images

Neko Case doesn’t put out albums too often; when she does, they tend to be excellent. The alt-country singer-songwriter, also known for her work with the New Pornographers, announced last week that she will soon release her next probably excellent album—her first since 2009’s Middle Cyclone—under the long, Fiona Apple-esque title The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.

The new album—for which Case also released a trailer last week—isn’t out for three months, but you can now listen to the album’s first single, “Man,” below.

Lyrically, “Man” is a sort of sequel to “I’m an Animal,” this time with Case identifying herself in terms of gender. “I’m a man,” Case declares over frantic drums and fuzzy guitars, “… it’s what kind of animal I am.” She calls herself a man as a way to declare her own toughness and self-sufficiency (“bullies were no match for me/ I still taste them in my teeth,” she sings), but the gender-bending single (see also its art, in the video above) is ultimately a testament to the strength and equality of women: “A woman’s heart is the watermark by which I measure everything,” she sings early on, and then, “You didn’t know what a man was until I showed you.”

The song also features guitarist M. Ward, one of many guest performers on the album. Others include Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner, singer-songwriter Howe Gelb, and members of My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Visqueen, Los Lobos, and the New Pornographers. 

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

Trending News Channel
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
  Life
Dear Prudence
Oct. 21 2014 9:18 AM Oh, Boy Prudie counsels a letter writer whose sister dresses her 4-year-old son in pink tutus.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:25 AM The Brilliant Fake Novels of Listen Up Philip
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 8:38 AM An Implanted Wearable Gadget Isn’t as Crazy as You’d Think Products like New Deal Design’s UnderSkin may be the future.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 21 2014 7:00 AM Watch the Moon Eat the Sun: The Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.