Ryan Dombal recommends four songs worth a listen this week, including an acoustic one from Chan Marshall
A new tune from the improved Cat Power
CAT POWER, ”GOOD WOMAN”
Revitalized and sober, Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) finally lived up to her live-performance potential recently after forcing her fans to settle for years of terrible, frustrating performances. Part anachronistic folkie, part free-floating hippie, and part cigarette-throated sexpot, the singer offers a new four-song solo acoustic EP exclusively online. Her sultry vocals and delicate strumming are in fine form on this desolate standout from her 2003 album, You Are Free. Buy the track at eMusic.
JARVIS COCKER, ”RUNNING THE WORLD”
The British iconoclast offers a new solo track that’s as winning and snarky as his best work as leader of Britpop greats Pulp. ”Did you hear, there’s a natural order?/ Those most deserving will end up with the most,” he sings, tongue firmly in cheek, before denouncing, uh, capitalist jerks currently calling the shots across the planet. Though it won’t be on his upcoming debut LP, ”Running the World” is a biting protest song that brilliantly walks the line between serious and silly. Watch the video on YouTube.
THE CHANGES, ”WATER OF THE GODS”
This Chicago foursome offers humble, lithe tunes that seem to be perfect for the season’s fashionable movie montages — you can practically visualize Kirsten Dunst cycling down Lake Shore Drive as the straightforward beat offers a peppy soundtrack. Adding some depth to the clean guitars and smooth vocals are lonely lyrics: ”On my own again, all alone again,” goes the chorus. It’s heartbreak dressed-up as flawless pop fun. Download the track for free here.
MICAH P. HINSON, ”LETTER TO HUNTSVILLE”
Just when you think this is going to be another sorrowful singer-songwriter bummer full of thoughtful string-picking and croaky vocals, Austinite Hinson strikes up the band, igniting a cavalcade of punchy brass. Invoking the lifeblood of classic New Orleans horns, the track’s uncertain California-bound sentiment is given an optimistic lilt. Download the track for free here.