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Watch Cat Power’s Lighthearted, Life-Affirming ‘Manhattan’ Video

Chan Marshall frolics around the City That Never Sleeps

Pay no attention to your weather apps, New Yorkers: Spring is here. Though the temperature across much of the United States might keep tipping back toward wintry levels, Cat Power’s new video for “Manhattan” is a warm ray of hope-restoring sunshine, in a couple of ways. First, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall has been giving us health scares recently — not Lil Wayne, last-rites-level, but scares nonetheless — so it’s thrilling to see her traipsing around New York City in such cheerful, even goofy spirits. And second, whether you live in New York, used to live in New York, or have never even been to New York, these loving shots of the subway, Harlem, Chinatown, and beyond should be enough to make you feel homesick. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that “Manhattan” — from Cat Power’s Essential 2012 album Sun — is a tender, gorgeous song, an ode to a New York state of mind that doesn’t exist anymore, but could again someday in a different way (maybe?), and which still sounded great with an Angel Haze rap verse in Ryan Hemsworth’s recent spectral remix. New York, Chan loves you, and nothing’s bringing her down today.

Marshall co-directed the video with Greg Hunt, who also worked on Sun’s dystopian “Cherokee” video.

Cat Power tour dates:
May 18 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador
May 19 – Recife, Brazil @ Espaço Catamarã
May 21 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Cine Joia
May 25 – Santiago, Chile @ Teatro La Cúpula
May 27 – Montevideo, Uruguay @ La Trastienda
May 31 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
June 1-2 – Houston, TX / Free Press Summer Festival
June 13-16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 20 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 22 – Duisburg, Germany @ Traumziet Festival
June 23 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
June 25 – London, England @ Roundhouse
June 26 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB
June 27 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Volkshaus
June 28 – Munich, Germany @ Theater Fabrik
June 30 – Somerset, England @ Glastonbury
July 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
July 3 – Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit
July 17-18 – Paris, France @ Olympia
July 19 – Suffolk, England @ Lattitude
July 20 – Pozna?, Poland @ Malta Festival
August 2-4 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

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