Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, took the stage on the BBC TV show 'Later With Jools Holland' last night (April 9) to perform a brand-new song, a delicate, lilting, painfully powerful ballad called 'Bully.' The tune featured her delicate voice accompanied only by a haunting piano melody, and it didn't need anymore window dressing. It was that commanding.
“You’ll never be, never be Manhattan,” is the refrain in Cat Power's appropriately named ‘Manhattan,' the latest song off her 2012 album ‘Sun’ to be turned into a music video. In the clip, Chan Marshall sings and dances her way through New York City, reminding other cities just what they’re missing.
Chan Marshall was finally getting somewhere. ‘Moon Pix,’ her fourth album as Cat Power, was a hit with indie-rock tastemakers in 1998, and now that people were paying attention, and devouring her back catalog, her next move was both somewhat baffling and totally fitting for an artist who’s never taken the easy way out.
Chan Marshall, better known as indie-rock goddess Cat Power, took a break after her career-defining 1998 album ‘Moon Pix’ with 2000’s self-explanatory ‘The Covers Record.’ The 12-song collection, which includes her takes on songs by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among others, was an excuse for Marshall – who’s had a few mental breakdowns since launching her career in 1995 – to clear her head.
We absolutely love Cat Power's 'Cherokee,' the standout first single off her 'Sun' album, and it's always interesting to see what twists singer Chan Marshall will bring to a song when she rocks it live. So it was with great anticipation that we tuned into 'Conan' last night (Nov. 7) to catch Chan and her band perform, and they did not disappoint.