Cat Power announces new album, ‘Covers’, to be released on January 14; performed at the Late Late Show with James Corden | News | Domino
Cat power, singer, songwriter, musician and producer Chan marshall, will free her New album Blankets to January 14, 2022, via Domino.
The announcement comes after Cat Power launched a new reinvention of Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion” last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch her performance below, listen to “Bad Religion” here and listen to Marshall’s ‘personal favorite’, a cover of the Pogues “A Pair Of Brown Eyes”, here.
Repeats have always occupied a crucial place in the Marshall canon, and Blankets completes a sort of trilogy, following on from the beloved old Cat Power collections Jukebox (2008) and The cover record (2000). While she frequently delights and surprises with the songs she chooses to cover, it is Marshall’s total commitment to performance – imbuing the songs with a creative uniqueness that rivals her original work – that makes the covers of Cat Power so special. Said Pitchfork, Marshall can “rearrange a song just by squinting at it.”
Produced in its entirety by Marshall, Covers features completely redesigned songs by Frank Ocean, Bob Seger, Lana Del Rey, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, The Pogues, Nick Cave and The Replacements and more, along with an updated rendition. from his own song “Hate” by The best (2006), renamed “Unhate” for this album.
Marshall’s rendition of “Bad Religion” was born after performing the original “In Your Face”, from 2018 Vagabond, on tour: “This song depressed me” she admits. “So I started to take out the lyrics to ‘Bad Religion’ and sing it instead of getting very depressed. Playing covers is a really nice way to do something that feels natural to me when it comes to making music.
Blankets ends with a powerful take on Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” standard, which was inspired by recent losses to Marshall’s inner circle of creators, including Sun collaborator Phillippe Zdar, tragically deceased in 2019. “When people you love have been taken from you, there is always a song that keeps their memory in your mind” Marshall said. “It’s a conversation with those on the other side, and it’s really important for me to reach people this way.”
Blankets is Cat Power’s first album since Vagabond, his widely acclaimed Domino debut in 2018, which received rave reviews and features with the New York Times, The Guardian, The cup, a Small NPR office, and a duet with Lana Del Rey on “Woman”, which The New Yorker called a “trembling manifesto”. Marshall’s work as Cat Power defied genres and conventions, his legacy spilling over to the work of a wide range of contemporary musical luminaries. Formerly the face of Chanel, her music “We’ll talk someday about how we talk about the music of Bob Dylan, or the music of Neil Young, but until then it exists halfway between the cult favorite and the widely accepted genius.” (Vulture).
Covers is available for pre-order now from the Domino Mart: digitally, and on CD, LP and silver vinyl in limited edition with an exclusive 7 “with a cover of” You Got the Silver “by The Rolling Stones.