Cat Power performing live at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London. 27 January 2008.
Carsten Windhorst

After a far-too-long hiatus from music, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, will return this fall with her ninth album, Sun, and in a new interview with The Stool Pigeon [via The Quietus] she discusses her four-year break and the failed relationship that complicated sessions for the album.

"I entered a long relationship which I really wanted to be successful," said Marshall. "You know that thing we're all raised to want: a beautiful life with children – that family thing that is tangible?"

She added: "I was trying to grow my personal life in a way that I never did before. So now that relationship is over and it's come full circle... There's a great loss personally in my life right now, but there's also a gift in that I'm lucky I finished this album."

Marshall plays all the instruments on Sun, instead of working with session musicians like on 2006's The Greatest.

"I wanted to prove that I could depend on myself, musically, because I hadn't been playing guitar or piano in like five years," Marshall said. "It was just this feeling that you're not growing if you're not doing something creative."

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