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Music / Moon Pix

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Never give up no, never give up / If you're looking for something easy / You might as well give it up
Sew your fortunes on a string
And hold them up to light
Blue smoke will take
A very violent flight
And you will be changed and everything
And you will be
In a very sad, sad zoo
- "Metal Heart"

Moon Pix is the fourth album by Cat Power, a musical project headed by Chan Marshall. Shrouded in legend since its release, a many of its songs were written in one night after a hallucinatory nightmare Marshall had experienced while staying at a farmhouse in South Carolina. She had intended to leave the music industry after her previous record, What Would The Community Think, but would continue to record after the releasing Moon Pix.

Once it was released, it would near uniamous acclaim, being considered a classic within the indie rock community and a landmark record in the Slowcore genre.


  1. "American Flag" (3:30)
  2. "He Turns Down" (5:39)
  3. "No Sense" (4:50)
  4. "Say" (3:24)
  5. "Metal Heart" (4:02)
  6. "Back of Your Head" (3:43)
  7. "Moonshiner" (4:50)
  8. "You May Know Him" (2:46)
  9. "Colors and the Kids" (6:35)
  10. "Cross Bones Style" (4:32)
  11. "Peking Saint" (2:28)

How selfish of you, to believe in the meaning of all the bad troping

  • Blues: The record maintains a sizeable amount of influence from the genre, with Chan's emotive vocal delivery and dour electric guitar playing taking cues from the genre.
  • Broken Record: "Say", with the lyric "Learn to say the same thing" being repeated at the beginning of each verse.
  • Cover Version: Of "Moonshiner", a traditional folk song.
  • Creator Breakdown
  • Epic Rocking: "Colors and the Kids" and "He Turns Down".
  • Have You Seen My God?: "He Turns Down" is about this. Chan even saying that:
    "It's about God saying, "No, you’re not good enough."
  • One-Woman Wail: Oh, so much on this record. It almost veers into Perishing Alt-Rock Voice because of it.
  • One-Word Title: "Say", "Moonshiner"
  • Sampling: "American Flag" makes notable use of the reversed drum machine beat from "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Colors and the Kids" supposedly contains a reference to Will Oldham with the lyric "old yellow hair".
    • "Metal Heart" references the church hymn "Amazing Grace" mid-way through the song.
    • The album cover itself receives one in the music video for The Shins' "New Slang".
  • Southern Gothic: What with the bluesy textures, references to Christianity and the album cover featuring Chan, a woman raised in the Southern United States, being surrounded by flowers that grow in that region. This record can be considered to be apart of that aesthetic.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Chan has said that "Cross Bones Style" was inspired by a trip she made to South Africa where she found children who slept in trees because their parents were murdered.