Cat Power on new LP ‘Sun’: ‘I’m lucky I finished this album’

The follow up to 2008's 'Jukebox' is set for a UK release on September 10

Cat Power has spoken out about her ninth album, ‘Sun’, which is set for release this autumn.

The singer songwriter, real name Chan Marshall, spoke to The Stool Pigeon via The Quietus, and explained that there was a four-year break between the release of her 2008 covers album ‘Jukebox’ and the new album – which is out on September 10 – because of the breakdown of a relationship. She said:

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?

She added: “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.”

Marshall plays all the instruments featured on ‘Sun’, unlike ‘Jukebox’, which featured a host of guest musicians. She said of this: “I wanted to prove that I could depend on myself, musically, because I hadn’t been playing guitar or piano in like five years and… it was just this feeling that you’re not growing if you’re not doing something creative.”

Over Christmas last year Cat Power posted the video for her single ‘King Rides By’ featuring a cameo from boxer Manny Pacquiao online. The track was available as a download from the singer’s official website, with its proceeds going towards the charities the Festival Of Children Foundation and The Ali Forney Center.