Cat PowerMusician Chan Marshall opens the door to a different dimension.

Cat PowerMusician Chan Marshall opens the door to a different dimension.

Issue 43

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Music

  • Words Poppy Beale-Collins
  • Photograph Stella Berkofsky

Chan Marshall has been performing as Cat Power for over 30 years, having first emerged as a breakout name of the ’90s New York indie rock scene. She’s been steadily adding to her cult back catalog ever since. In January 2022, the self-produced Covers joined her seminal repertoire of cover albums (see also 2000’s The Covers Record and 2008’s Jukebox). In conversation from her home in Miami Beach as she approaches the milestone of turning 50, Marshall is contemplative, but hopeful. This capacity to hold the light and dark shades of life—to let in the bittersweet or troubling while always looking forward—is perhaps the defining feature of a Cat Power song, and what makes Marshall’s musical invention so singular and enduring. 

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