female singer/songwriters month : cat power
either there's an unusual number of beautiful, talented female singer/songwriters at the moment or i'm just only now starting to pay attention. over the next several posts i'll be spotlighting some of the ones who have particularly caught my ear.
first up is an obvious choice--chan marshall, better known as cat power. her new record of mostly covers means the spotlight is mostly on the singer part of singer/songwriter, but make no bones about it--the singer part is plenty. chan marshall has a voice that, to put it simply, makes me happy. there is a warmth and a fullness to it that makes me think of a commercial for coffee, though with none of the associated cheesy dialogue and bitter aftertaste. and that is not to discount the songwriter in chan marshall either--although most of these songs are covers, she signs her name to every song on the record and makes this personal mixtape sound like a cat power original. so take off your shoes, turn the lights down low, and enjoy every ounce of the bold, rich flavor that is chan marshall.
cat power : "metal heart"
from the lp jukebox (matador, 2008)