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Written by Prajakta Hebbar
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Published: September 15, 2012 3:24:01 am


Imagine strolling into your empty condominium after an extended day’s work,switching on the lights,throwing your keys and baggage on the sofa and simply crashing on the couch to chill out for a minute — earlier than the worldly worries come again to hang-out you. Now think about a soothing,poignant voice with naked,sincere guitar riffs retaining you firm as you sink into the depths of your couch. The good “consolation music”.

Chan Marshall aka Cat Powers can,and has been that voice because the ’90s. But along with her newest album Sun,Marshall has reinvented her type. Gone are the tender,wallowing notes tinged with the candy sounding Georgian accent. She has now moved on to extra highly effective and pushed vocals — accompanied by daring drums and synthesisers. The 40-year-old Georgian magnificence well-known for her music and her theatrics on and off the stage has provide you with a brand new album of authentic materials after a hiatus. Her final album,The Greatest (2006) was a compilation of her authentic songs,adopted by an album of covers,Jukebox (2008).

Produced by Marshall herself,Sun,as an album is surprisingly sparse,with solely a primary accompaniment of drums,synth and piano,complemented by Marshall’s highly effective vocals. The album begins with Cherokee,the place Marshall sings “When I’m,I’m taking place / Feels like time is on my time / Bury me the other way up/ Cherokee,kissing me/ When I’m,I’m taking place” to the rhythm of soppy drums and synth. Sun is a extra upbeat quantity — additionally darker in a means — with Marshall’s voice recorded a number of occasions over,to supply an impact of a number of voice layers. It’s darkish,pop and significant all on the similar time.

Ruin is among the highlights,with Marshall’s voice completely complementing the darkish corners with unusual percussion and digital sounds,as she croons about life’s vagaries. But considered one of our favourites is Manhattan,a bitter-sweet quantity that talks about love,heartbreaks and shifting on within the context of the town. The lyrics are mystifying as properly,as Marshall says,“Don’t take a look at the moon tonight/ You’ll by no means be by no means be by no means be Manhattan.”

Marshall has positively handled Sun as her main comeback,publish her breakup with the actor Giovanni Ribisi. But in case you are on the lookout for some firm in these wee hours of evening,go forward,take Cat Power for a spin. She will make you sway,make you suppose and preserve you firm.

prajakta.hebbar@expressindia.com

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