Sunday, March 19, 2006

Neko Case + Julie Morstad

Well, for the roadtrip up to Toronto last week I bought myself Neko Case's new album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. I have been a fan of hers since Furnace Room Lullaby and seeing her live at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. This new album was flat on listening to it for the first time but with each listen it has grown more and more on me like smooth finger-like branches on my back. Even though I miss the quirky sinister lyrics on this more straight-ahead kinda album there is no arguing that Neko can lay down the vocals that'll make you purr like a cat. The added bonus on this album is the cover art and some inside art by Vancouver artist, Julie Morstad. Upon reading her bio I found out that she also dabbles in animation and that I saw her short film, Chuckwill's Widow, at the Ottawa Student animation festival in 2003. Her illustration style is like Edward Gorey meets the Royal Art Lodge. Disturbing, odd and fun work all wrapped up in a nice delicate style. Julie has done work with Paul Morstad who is a cool independent animator in Montreal. I don't know their relation to one another but it is a nice link anyway!! So listen to the Fox Confessor and bring on the visual flood of Julie and Paul!
p.s. Neko is a sweet visual artist also.
UPDATE: Check out Paul Morstad's website that Leesa so obviously pointed out to me! D'OH!

1 comment:

Carla Magnuson (Morstad) said...

Just a note to let you that those two talented Morstads you spoke in your review, are indeed siblings!!!!