The 1998 album featuring Chan Marshall backed by two-thirds of the Dirty Three (the two-thirds that don't play violin). A breathtakingly beautiful, hypnotic record. If Cat Power were Van Morrison, this would be her "Astral Weeks."
Singer Chan Marshall takes intimacy to a new level with the eerily lovely song cycle of Moon Pix
. The narrative revolves around a nightmare figure who beckons toward a location that sounds rather like H-E-double hockey sticks. The starkness of this ghost story is mirrored in the austerity of the atmospheric music. Joined by Jim White and Mick Turner of the Australian slow-rock band the Dirty Three, Marshall uses spare guitar, flute, and piano arrangements to create the sounds of the last singer left on a postapocalyptic landscape. As Marshall sings in "Say," "If you're looking for something easy, you might as well give it up," and that lyric is the best description of this difficult and brilliant album. --Lois Maffeo