CATE LE BON

 

Cate Le Bon hails from Penboyr, Wales. Raised on a farm with her father's impeccable record collection (The Velvets, Neil Young, Pavement et al) she eventually headed for her countries capital, Cardiff. Her debut album 'Me Oh My' (2009) was recorded over 10 days in the welsh mountains and received raptuous critical acclaim. In 2012, Cate released 'CYRK' (on OVNI/Turnstile UK and Control Group US) which somehow feels more NYC '69 than Cardiff '12. Overdriven guitar and deep feline vocals, impossibly cool. During the CYRK sessions, back at the dawn of 2011, a grand total of 15 songs were recorded. As they began to form as finished articles they naturally pooled into two camps. Whilst CYRK bounds around erratically and unknowingly like a younger sibling, the EP 'CYRK II' became its older sister, more delicate and dreamy, yet still bright and bold.


Her marvellous new LP 'Mug Museum' was released at the end of 2013 - "From the bewitching circular riff of the album’s opener ‘I Can’t Help You’ to the closing title track that sees Le Bon accompanied by piano and the occasional burst of double-tacked clarinet, Mug Museum’s reflective song-writing weaves around a richly detailed framework. Like all museums it is a contemplative space, a personal world that is open to everyone.As these ten songs attest Mug Museum is also a unique and dreamlike edifice, created by an artist at the height of her powers"