Cat Power and Lana Del Rey Drop Witchy Anthem

Cat Power and Lana Del Rey Drop Witchy Anthem

Don't mess with Chan Marshall and Lana Del Rey's magical powers.

Don't mess with Chan Marshall and Lana Del Rey's magical powers.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Today, Cat Power released the first single from her forthcoming album Wanderer, which features background vocals by none other than Lana Del Rey. The bluesy, foot-tapping “Woman” not only offers a confident first taste of the chameleonic Chan Marshall’s latest musical direction, but also serves as an assertion of female power that is particularly resonant in this day and age—especially when echoed by Del Rey, pop’s foremost sorceress.

The collaboration comes as no surprise; when Marshall teased it last month when she announced the album, which comes out September 21, calling her Del Rey a longtime “friend” and “compatriot.” It’s also natural that Marshall and Del Rey would eventually latch onto each other; both have found strength and allure in being elusive, and both of their refusals to conform have too often been unfairly spun in pop lore as fragility.

But here, the singers are fierce comrades. While Marshall’s survivalism has always coursed through music, her latest track, when compared to melancholy anthems like “I Don’t Blame You” and “The Greatest,” is her most optimistic-sounding to date. Perhaps there’s hope for an all-shy-girl utopia yet.

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