"Nearly Midnight, Honolulu"
From Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
Liner notes: Mixing bitter and sweet, a cappella voices evoke a mother's tirade—"'Get the fuck away from me/Why don't you ever shut up?'"—and solace for her abused little boy.
Behind the music: Fans of Case's solo work have had little to chew on since 2009's Middle Cyclone, apart from a cut on the Hunger Games soundtrack and one for the Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. For a radical change of pace, Google her cover of Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast."
Check it out if you like: Traditional-music boundary pushers like M. Ward and Jenny Lewis.