Swoony singer-songwriter Chan Marshall aka Cat Power will release her ninth studio album Sun next week, following up the soulful 2008 covers album Jukebox. We’ve previously heard the singles ‘Ruin‘ and ‘Cherokee‘, and now you can stream the entire album. In her first full-length collection of new material in over six years, Marshall has returned with her most joyous and sonically adventurous album to date, and Sun marks an unexpected and fascinating departure from her signature sound. She impressively played and recorded everything by herself, with the songs later mixed by Philippe Zdar, and Iggy Pop provides the album’s sole guest appearance on its epic 11-minute centre piece ‘Nothin’ But Time’. Long-time fans of Cat Power’s confessional, introspective lyrics and stark acoustic arrangements may be a little thrown by her newfound interest in upbeat pop music and immersion in synths, drum machines and even Auto-Tune, but Sun is never as awkward as it sounds on paper. Rather, this album is a bold, gorgeous and immensely satisfying rebirth from one of the greatest — and most fearless — artists of her generation, and certainly one of the best albums of the year.
Sun is out September 4. Stream it below (via NPR).