Neko Case in tape op

“Everybody sings for different reasons. People use the term “vocal gymnastics” a lot. It’s usually used as a semi-negative term, but it’s a superpower. It’s not a superpower because you’re good at it, or as Bjorn Yttling would say, “It does not mean that you are ‘The Queen of Singing!'” It’s because you can do something physical with your body, like how I was talking about making a harmony with another person. It’s the same natural phenomenon that tore apart the Tacoma Narrows Bridge when it vibrated at a certain frequency. Feeling that vibration and resonance is heavy. It’s why a lot of times, a large group of people singing, even if they can’t sing, will make you start crying. It’s such a massive, unique way to communicate. It’s really heavy. It’s something that people used to understand a long time ago that we don’t really understand anymore. On a scientific level, sure; but I don’t think we understand it as a species anymore.

read the full interview in Tape Op Magazine, Sept/Oct 2018