Cat Power - Sun
The new album
September 3rd, 2012 on Matador Records
Sun is the first album of original material from Cat Power in over six years. Chan Marshall performed and produced Sun herself in various locations including a studio she built in Malibu. She also appears on the cover of the current issue of The Stool Pigeon, out now.
Chan introduces "Ruin" via this YouTube clip directed by Austin Conroy. You can download the MP3 via this link.
"Ruin" Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/embed/_nl3Oo4-IQ4
"Ruin" MP3 - http://www.matadorrecords.com/mpeg/cat_power/cat_power_ruin.mp3
Sun track listing:
Always On My Own
Nothin But Time
Peace And Love
Produced by Chan Marshall
Mixed by Philippe Zdar (Chromeo, Beastie Boys, Phoenix)
Preorder from iTunes with exclusive bonus tracks (live at midnight tonight) here.
Check back for details on a special limited vinyl edition of the album, available at independent record stores.
The return of Chan Marshall after six years is marked with this, a giddy piano and a stream of concious journey around the world. On first few listens, it sounds like these lyrics are spinning between an existential crisis about modern travel (“What are we doin’? We’re sittin’ on a ruin!”) and glimpses of international poverty. It’s Cat Power at her finest and it’s a real pleasure to have her back. And, yes, you may desk dance…now!
i like it though. that album cover's great
If you listened to all the Cat Power albums in chronological order, what impression would you get?
I couldn’t do it. It’d be too excruciating… I’d see someone trying to find their voice; someone who really wants to be a writer or a painter or something. It’d be like hearing someone who loves singing, who could sing completely comfortably when she was a little kid — any fuckin’ song and have a great time — but when it’s her song, she’s not really singing. At all. And I hear… just fear. A lot of fear.
Fear of what?
Certain death. Immediately. Impending doom at every fuckin’ corner. I think that comes with being younger.
So what did you want to be, growing up?
A comedian. I still kinda do. I think the best thing in life is seeing people laugh. They lose themselves in that moment. Everything goes away — you’re forgetting and knowing at the same time.
What’s the most important thing another artist has ever said to you?
It’s funny you say that. I was in a van with Patti Smith and she said… [pauses] It makes me feel like crying because at the time, I wanted to talk to her about something else important to me but I didn’t want to take up her time. But what she said was, ‘We’re artists. We have responsibilities.’ And I didn’t want to be told that because at the time I was about 30 and I already knew I had a responsibility to myself. I’ve known that for so long. [I thought,] ‘Don’t tell me I have a responsibility to the world as an artist. Please, please, please… I can’t hold anything more on my shoulders. I’m gonna fuckin’ die, maybe next week. Please don’t tell me that!’ But now when I look back on that… I agree with her, man. Because it’s the only social platform you can fuckin’ say what you want and you’re not allowed to be penalised. You’re not allowed. People have been assassinated, people have had their hands cut off for speaking the truth like a comedian or a poet would. So she’s right. It’s a just thing to say. From art comes contemplation. I totally respect that. It’s the fabric of freedom.
Her covers are always good to great...but its her own stuff that really turns me on.
So good to have new material on its way!
Anything with that voice on it is going to be good though.
That bass line.... funky!
very different from what I was expecting but in a good way. There is one bit that annoys me though - when she's listing countries she says "Great Brit-an", which I'm not sure I'll ever get used to.
Also, sorry to drag it down to this level, but if that's her in the video then she looks great, that new hairstyle really suits her. Plus I'm not sure I've ever seen her look so happy and at ease, so that's nice too