Cat Power, the singer/songwriter/producer Chan Marshall, today previews her forthcoming album Covers (January 14, 2022 via Domino) with a fresh interpretation of Billie Holiday's "I'll Be Seeing You" along with an updated rendition of the Cat Power song "Hate" from The Greatest (2006), retitled "Unhate" for the album.
She’s also released a music video for "I’ll Be Seeing You" which nods to Lady Day as Marshall sings behind a classic 1940’s-style Shure microphone in a cabaret hall evoking the jazz legend’s beautifully restrained vocals.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” was inspired by recent losses surrounding Marshall’s inner circle of life - including Sun collaborator Philippe Zdar, who tragically passed in 2019.
“When people who you love have been taken from you, there’s always a song that holds their memory in your mind,” Marshall ruminates while talking about the importance that the cover itself holds in her heart. “It’s a conversation with those on the other side, and it’s really important for me to reach out to people that way.”
Since Marshall announced the highly-anticipated Covers in early October with her take on Frank Ocean's "Bad Religion" and The Pogues' "A Pair Of Brown Eyes,” she's appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden and announced a 32-date US tour as well as a string of European dates. She also recently shared the first official music video for the album, with her take on Dead Man's Bones' "Pa Pa Power."
The previously released album previews have been highlighted everywhere from NYLON ("hits like a freight train") to Pitchfork, Vulture, FADER ("windblown and expansive'") and Rolling Stone, all echoing Marshall’s multi-generational impact.
As Marshall explains herself, creating a conversation that spans generations is part of what drives her to continue performing and recording renditions of others’ songs like she’s done here: “I play covers all the time, and it’s important for me to record them because it’s what me and my listeners both get…,” she explains, and in that regard Covers is an impressive document of artistic interpretation that is truly built to last.
Covers is available to pre-order now on DomMart limited-edition silver vinyl with an exclusive 7” featuring a cover of The Rolling Stones' "You Got the Silver", LP, CD and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital
Listen to "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Unhate" here.