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Listen: J Mascis’ new song “Wide Awake”, featuring Cat Power

on July 29, 2014, 8:44pm

Cat Power’s Chan Marshall has had a few different musical partners in the last several weeks. First, she teamed with Coldplay for the the title track to Zach Braff’s upcoming Wish I Was Here film. Then, earlier this month, Eddie Vedder invited her on stage in Portugal to drink a little wine and perform “Tonight You Belong To Me”. Now, Marshall’s teaming up with another alt rock icon, singing backup on J Mascis’ latest Tied To A Star single, “Wide Awake”.

The result is a dreamy, mostly acoustic ballad that plays to the blissful tonalities of both singers’ voices. Cat Power’s low, sultry croon diverges beautifully from Mascis’ more weathered and restrained drawl. Mascis’ guitar playing stays relatively simple, aside from the occasional fingerpicking flourish, keeping the focus on just how well their two voices blend together. Though heavily melancholic, there’s a tranquil quality to the track that makes it surprisingly comforting despite all the heaps of sorrow.

Listen in below:

Tied To A Star is due out August 26th via Sub Pop. For more sounds, check out lead single “Every Morning”.

Tied to a Star Tracklist:
01. Me Again
02. Every Morning
03. Heal the Star
04. Wide Awake
05. Stumble
06. And Then
07. Drifter
08. Trailing Off
09. Come Down
11. Better Plane