Track Review: “Cherokee” – Cat Power

Chan Marshall aka Cat Power has released another track from her forthcoming LP Sun, which drops on September 4th on Matador and looks like it will be as stunning as anything Cat Power has previously released. “Cherokee” shimmers with echoing guitars as Marshall relies heavily on her trademark smoky vocals, which are layered perfectly above electronic drums that move between faraway and busy. So far Sun feels like a record that has been waiting to pour out of Marshall as she worked through a period of covers (a tradition in which she has already carved her name) and working with more traditionally oriented musicians (as on The Greatest). These first two tracks from Sun are forward thinking, arresting, and showcase the type of brilliance that makes Chan Marshall one of our generations most important songwriters. You can hear “Cherokee” via YouTube below. Additionally, you can download the album’s first single, “Ruin,” right here.

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Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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