Coming in September via Matador.
By Blurt Staff
Cat Power – Chan Marshall – resurfaces Sept. 4 with Sun (Matador). She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety of
record by herself, explaining, “Sun was a search for rebirth”… a journey
from “extreme isolation and desperation” to her affirmation and acceptance of hope for the world and personal
fulfillment. It was cut in Malibu and Miami and features “brief
guest appearances” by Jim White, Judah Bauer and Gregg Foreman on “
with Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Cassius, Chromeo)
in Paris this
Some details, courtesy Matador:
explores the death of a relationship (“bury me upside-down”).
“Ruin” depicts a journey around a suffering world where perserverance
is the only solution – albeit set to a relentlessly catchy piano hook. Those
versed in the Cat Power discography will detect elements of 2003’s landmark
album ‘You Are Free,’ which experimented with vocal forms and beats borrowed
from urban music, but over the dark lyrical language of songs like “He
War.” SUN is not about a happy world – it’s about being at peace with a
world that is often unhappy and unfair.
Musically the album covers a broad tonal palette, from the classic Cat Power
minor-key guitar and vocal hook in “Cherokee” to upbeat, almost
dancey electronic anthems like “Real Life” and “3, 6, 9,”
and culminating in the 8-minute long piano-driven album closer “Nothing
But Time,” an epic, stirring acceptance
of the future featuring a vocal cameo by Iggy Pop. The narrative arc of the
record is vast and deeply American in its spaciousness; the musical idiom is
defiantly modern and global.
05 Always on My Own
06 Real Life
07 Human Being
09 Silent Machine
10 Nothin But Time
11 Peace and Love