It's two decades since Cat Power (Chan Marshall) caught a plane from the US to Melbourne, where she spent 11 days in a recording studio with sound engineer Matt Voigt, guitarist Mick Turner and drummer Jim White of trio Dirty Three.
The result was Moon Pix, the full-length album that became Marshall's breakthrough. She wrote most of the songs in one session, while staying alone in a farmhouse and waking up to terrifying hallucinations of dark spirits trying to break through the walls.
"They were clear, black as night, trying to get into my soul. That's when I grabbed my acoustic guitar. I thought that if people found my body, I needed to leave a tape," Marshall told The Telegraph (UK).
To mark Moon Pix's 20th anniversary and as part of Vivid Live, Cat Power is performing the entire album live in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. She'll be joined by Turner, White and a string section.
This will be Marshall's only Australian show and the first time she has performed the album in full with its original collaborators.