Neko Case may not have released a new solo album in almost 5 years, but her titanic presence always lingers in the back of our mind. She's now bustling her way back into the limelight again with what's set to be quite a statement of an album, Hell-On, which she self-produced (with the help of Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John on some tracks), and is said to be a harsh self-critique and deeply personal collection. Just judging by the title Hell-On and its cover, Case certainly feels like she's fired up for this one.

Case has written a very nice and personable introduction to the album, which you can read in full below. In the meantime, listen to the title track from the album, 'Hell-On', while you do so.

Hell-On comes out through Anti- on June 1st. Here's what she has to share about the album:

"My name is Neko Case. I am a music producer, songwriter, and musician. I just finished a record called Hell-On with a cast of talented musicians, techs, label folks and friends.

"What I want you to know about me isn’t too much, nor do I want to over talk it. What you take away on your own, as a listener is most important. I worked really hard and I was present for every second of this project. Producing a record is a huge task and there were times I was deep in the weeds, but that is normal for a record that takes a year plus. The weeds aren’t so bad. There were a lot of breakthrough moments, belly-laughs, sleepless nights and grubby, shiny jeans. In the end it was all worth it and I am so proud of how it turned out, and I am so grateful to have worked with such dedicated, giving artists to make it happen.

"There were a few challenges during the making of this record from small (scheduling difficulties, and occasional miscommunication) to large (my house burning down while I was overseas.) But none of them are the story of this recording, the songs are the story. They are my best self. They are everything I’ve worked for since I was a kid, whether I knew it or not. I write songs from a feeling of solidarity with folks who feel alone or isolated, I think I’m trying to comfort people in this way. It’s not a forceful way rather "No commitment necessary;" take it if you want it, take it as you can.

"My style is odd, I don’t know what genre this is. I don’t have a pretty voice or a trained voice, and I am constantly disappointed that I don’t have a “tough” voice, no matter how hard I practice, but it’s mine, and for all its loud, heavy-handed, nasal, vibrato-less qualities I accept it. The closest sound I have found to compare it to is Bulgarian Folk singing. My Eastern ancestors could have been proud of me a century ago? I could have been a droning “caller of wasps” perhaps? I just invented that job, I like the sound of it. The songs are who I believe myself to be and that will change, but for now that’s how it is and I’m very satisfied with that."