Wednesday, June 13th 2012
Studio Reports: Cat Power
Last year, when Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) debuted some new material live, it seemed like she was finally close to releasing a new album – which would be her first original work since 2006′s The Greatest. However, things took longer than some might have expected, as she completed Sun, her ninth LP, in April, with a release date set for September 11. Recently, Ms. Marshall took the opportunity to explain why it the process was so long-winded.
In an interview with The Stool Pigeon (via The Quietus), Chan Marshall provided a pretty extensive comment on how a relationship was part of what generated the gap between her records: “I entered a long relationship which I really wanted to be successful. You know that thing we’re all raised to want: a beautiful life with children — that family thing that is tangible? [pauses] Before, I tended to just survive, survive, survive. Gaining a lot of… not knowledge, not life experience… but I had this opportunity of travelling around the world, meeting all these people and having these experiences that have shaped who I am now.”
She continued: “Then there’s this other part of me who wants to be a mother; who wants to love so deeply on a level I’ve never know; to have that connection with life I’ve never felt. It’s very different from singing a song and feeling in communion with humanity, so it was hard for me to be a believer in two completely different things. It was difficult creating both and that’s why it took so long.” Marshall concluded by saying: “I was trying to grow my personal life in a way that I never did before. So now that relationship is over and it’s come full circle… There’s a great loss personally in my life right now, but there’s also a gift in that I’m lucky I finished this album.”
Cat Power’s Sun is expected to be released in September. More details as they become available.