Cat Power Releases Cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” from Forthcoming Album Wanderer

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Cat Power Releases Cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” from Forthcoming Album Wanderer

Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, has been releasing tidbits teasing her forthcoming album Wanderer for the past couple of months. Tuesday, Marshall revealed a third song and video from her new album, a cover of Rihanna’s 2012 single “Stay.”

“I love the tradition of covering songs,” said Marshall in a statement. “I think it’s one of the highest compliments you can pay another artist. It’s one of the great traditions in American music and one of the true pleasures of music history.” 

Playing with the timing of the track, but still maintaining the dragging longing of the original, Marshall reimagines the song without abandoning all that made the 2012 version so great.
The video, directed by Greg Hunt, has the camera circling Marshall on piano and alternately bathes the singer-songwriter in warm and cool lighting, setting both musician and instrument in silhouette. It’s simple and matches both the original rawness of Rihanna’s track and the heady Americana retelling Marshall has given it.

Prior to “Stay,” Marshall teased the title track of the album in a quick visual video back in July, then released “Woman,” a single featuring supporting vocals from Lana Del Rey, in August. Now, following this latest single, Marshall is scheduled to embark on a North American tour beginning at the end of this month and continuing through the end of the year.

Wanderer is out on Oct. 5 via Domino Record Co., and you can preorder it here. Check out the videos for “Stay” and “Woman” below, find Cat Power’s tour dates further down, and revisit our 2012 conversation with Marshall here.

Cat Power Tour Dates:

25 – Berkeley, Calif. @ The Greek Theatre
27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
28 – Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
30 – New York, N.Y. @ Forest Hills Stadium

05 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
06 – South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground 
08 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre
09 – Toronto, Ont. @ Danforth Music Hall
11 – Cleveland, Ohio  @ Agora Theater
12 – Louisville, Ky. @ Headliners Music Hall
13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
23 – London, U.K. @ Roundhouse
25 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
26 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
28 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
29 – Zurich, Switzerland @ X-Tra
30 – Lausanne, Switzerland @ Les Docks

01 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzamatazz
02 – Madrid, Spain @ Circo Price
05 – Bologna, Italy @ Estragon
06 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
17 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
18 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
21 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
23 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory OC
24 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Observatory North Park
25 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
27 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s
28 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
29 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater

19 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

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