I’ll see you / In all the old familiar places / That my heart kisses / All day singer, songwriter and producer of croons Chan Marshall, the mastermind behind Cat Power. Capture “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday, on her next Blankets (Domino) album, released January 14.
Through Blankets, Marshall revisits songs from his past and present with re-imaginations of songs from Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, The Replacements, Lana Del Rey, and more, in addition to a cover of his 2006 single “Hate” with an updated version titled “Without Hate.
“I play covers all the time,” says Marshall, “and it’s important for me to record them because that’s what my listeners and I get. “
Housed in a dark cabaret hall, Marshall, dressed in the most appropriate attire and singing a 1940s-style Shure microphone, pays homage to Lady Day and the song the great jazzman sang in the 1940s. ‘Originally by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal in 1938 for the Broadway Show This way, it was Holiday who made the song a hit in 1944.
Produced entirely by Marshall, Blankets also includes previous Marshall singles, a rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion”, the Pogues “A pair of brown eyes”, and Dead Man’s Bones’ “Pa Pa Power“, the last song Marshall had played live since 2012, a song she said touched on the exhaustion of the Occupy Wall Street protests by the US media.
“The American media has always penalized any form of social progressivism and is always the first to express conservative rhetoric against something that is good for the nation,” said Marshall, who accompanied the song with a video, directed by Greg. Hunt at The Echo in Los Angeles. “I would start with this song during the 2013 China tour. “Burn the streets, burn the cars. “
“I’ll See You” was inspired by recent losses within Marshall’s inner circle, including the death of 2019 Sun collaborator Philippe Zdar
“When people you love have been taken from you, there’s always a song that keeps their memory in your mind,” Marshall shares. “It’s a conversation with those on the other side, and it’s really important for me to reach people this way.”
Blankets follows Cat Power’s 10th album Vagabond, which also featured a cover of Rihanna’s “Stay”. Marshall, who just wrapped up a fall 2021 tour with Alanis Morrisette and Garbage, is set to launch 32 dates across the United States from January through May 2022.
Blankets List of tracks
- Bad Religion – Frank Ocean
- Hate – Cat Power – Chan Marshall
- Pa Pa Power – The Bones of the Dead Man
- Mustang Blanche – Lana Del Rey
- A pair of brown eyes – Les Pogues
- Against the Wind – Bob Seger
- Endless Sea – Iggy Pop
- These Days – Jackson Browne
- It Wasn’t God Who Created Honky Tonk Angels- Kitty Wells
- I had a dream Joe – Nick Cave
- Here is a regular – The substitutes
- I’ll See You – Billie Holiday
Photo by Mario Sorrenti