Anti-/Epitaph is hoping Neko Case's many small pockets of fans will add up to a substantial following for her new album, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," due this week.

Anti-/Epitaph is hoping Neko Case's many small pockets of fans will add up to a substantial following for her new album, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," due this week.

Case spent much of the past year recording and touring with the New Pornographers in support of their third album, "Twin Cinema." Add that audience to her devotees from her other exercises -- including her 2004 solo live set, her albums under the moniker Neko Case & Her Boyfriends and her punk past with bands like Cub and Maow -- and Case has developed a diverse audience.

"Fox Collector" reads like a collection of fables and prose, dark stories told with fluorescent lights of organ, steel guitar and stacked harmonies. She tells tales of ruined love in "Star Witness," channels her inner '60s homecoming queen with "That Teenage Feeling" and turns Bible thumper with her spin on "John Saw That Number." Animals play a prominent role in several songs.

"Growing up, my family was very, very into animals. Animals were treated like other people; they slept in the bed with you," Case says. "I come from an agrarian background. That's how my family's fairy tales are structured, where animals have a lot of power. It gets into people's psyche."

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