Artist of the week: Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon is a Welsh singer-songwriter whose musical career began to gain some traction when she supported Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys on his 2007 solo UK tour. In 2008, after contributing with vocals on albums by Rhys, Richard James and Matt Davies, she released a debut single, a Welsh-sang EP, shelved a recorded album and ended up releasing her debut full-length Me Oh My the following year. But it was definitely her two following records, Cyrk (2012) and Mug Museum (2013), that definitely established her sound as a fusion of spooky folk and angular guitars à la Television with tropical experimentalism and Nico-timbred vocals. She also collaborated with Tim Presley and both of them released Hermits on Holiday (2015) under the DRINKS moniker.
Crab Days, her recently released new album takes her abstract, cacophonous and clever songwriting to another level thanks to its exquisite and sophisticated arrangements and Dadaist lyrics. One of the most ingenious, whimsical and fresh releases of the year so far – you definitely don’t want let this one go unnoticed under your radar.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.