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Review: Cat Power

The stage was set, instruments scattered about while the crowd waited for Cat Power to emerge from the green room of Bogart’s. Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall, aka Cat Power, was draped in a long black flowing shirt, with her bangs just barely covering her eyes as she started the show. Arms swinging back and forth, she crooned to the audience while the lo-fi sounds of an electric guitar echoed through the almost filled Bogart’s. 

From slow, haunting, singer-songwriter esque songs, to driving, kick drum thumping ballads, Cat Power was putting people into a musical trance. Her vocals, which could be compared to Dido and a hint of Florence and the Machine, were impeccable, and the audience cheered and knew songs before they even started. At one point after the crowd cheered at the first guitar lick, Charlyn said, “Oh you guys know this one? That is so cool!” What was really interesting was the use of double microphones. Throughout the show, Charlyn would sing into two mics at the same time, which created an awesome doubling effect. 

The whole show was like a dreamy, ethereal haze. It’s no wonder Cat Power has had success in film/tv placement including a song in the movie Juno, because every song sounded like it should be in a montage of an indie film. Cat Power has been frequently noted by critics for their somber, blues influenced instrumentation, and melancholy lyrics, which led to LA Weekly dubbing her “Queen of Sad-Core”. Charlyn however, claims her music is often misinterpreted, and that many of them are not sad but triumphant. Cat Power’s tenth and latest album Wanderer was released in October 2018.