Neko Case recently broke the news of her first solo album in five years, Hell-On, with the powerful title track. She follows that up today with another similarly gritty-yet-lovely folk rock gem 'Bad Luck'.

Although the lyrics for 'Bad Luck' were written a few years before, Case recorded the vocal for the track after receiving a 3am call to tell her that her house was burning down while she was thousands of miles away in Sweden. While she lost a lot of precious items, she remained casual about it: “If somebody burned your house down on purpose, you'd feel so violated. But when nature burns your house down, you can't take it personally.” It was around the time of fires in California and Hurricanes Harvey and Maria tearing their way through Texas and Puerto Rico respectively. So you can understand how she's so zen about it, saying “In the big picture, my house burning was so unimportant... So many people lost so much more: lives and lives and lives.”

Nevertheless, it made perfect fuel for the recording of 'Bad Luck', which turns unpredictable and unstoppable life events into a wry and tropical-inflected tune. As she lists various unfortunate instances, from the trivial to the truly trying, you can almost hear her smiling as she shrugs it all off and just attributes it all to 'Bad Luck'. The result is a balm for all stresses and strains that life throws at you.

Neko Case's Hell-On comes out through Anti- on June 1st and can be pre-ordered here. She's also announced a couple of big UK dates:

Nov 7 - Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
Nov 8 - London @ Barbican