Cat Power adds soulful vocals to Cassius’ “Feel Like Me,” one of three collaborations on the French electronic duo’s upcoming LP, Ibifornia, out August 26th.
“When you go away, I won’t be following/ Though I know exactly where you’ll be going,” Cat Power belts amid buzzing synth pads. The minimalist tune builds to a gospel-styled chorus.
Cassius (Philippe Zdar, Boom Bass) detailed the track’s origins to The Fader, calling Cat Power (Chan Marshall) “our favorite living singer on Earth.”
“One day while we were working on Cat Power’s last album Sun, we played Chan our song ‘I <3 U SO,'” the duo said. “She looked at us and said that she would love singing on a track like this. We were overexcited and decided to tailor-made a song in the style of ours for our favorite living singer on earth, miss Chan Marshall. We made the instrumental in Paris, we knew very fast that we had an incredible chord progression and a great production.
“We listened back and in a matter of a seconds we were all incapacitated by the water overflowing from our eyes,” they said. “Since then it still has the same effect, Chan sang like a real woman, exactly how she prepared us on our long emails. Now we feel that this song is probably the most beautiful one we’ll ever do.”
Cat Power also sings on “Action,” with former Beastie Boy Mike D, and the trance-y “Go Up,” with Pharrell Williams. The genre-hopping Ibifornia, Cassius’ first LP since 2006’s 15 Again, also includes guest spots from Ryan Tedder, Jaw and Portugal. the Man’s John Gourley.